Texas Rangers (23-21) @ Philadelphia Phillies (26-17)
Friday, 7:05, CJ Wilson vs. Roy Halladay
Saturday, 7:10, Colby Lewis vs. Cliff Lee
Sunday, 1:35, Matt Harrison vs. Roy Oswalt
AVG - .257 (9th)
OBP - .327 (8th)
SLG - .416 (5th)
R - 201 (5th)
Lucky us, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz are both on the DL. Unlucky us, Michael Young is proving all his naysayers wrong, while going off to the tune of .339/.878 with 16 doubles and 31 RBI. He and Mitch Moreland (.285/.866) are keeping this offense afloat until the 2 big guns return from the DL and Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler remember how to hit again, although Beltre has belted 10 HR and collected 37 RBI. Through the first quarter of the season, C/1B/DH Mike Napoli and CF Julio Borbon have also been disappointments. This lineup can be pitched too, especially without the use of a DH this series.
ERA - 3.77 (14th)
WHIP - 1.32 (18th)
BAA - .246 (12th)
Just like the Phillies previous opponent (Rockies) the Rangers are a team that has gotten a bad reputation for bad pitching over the past two decades. Well, just like the Rockies, the Rangers have also begun to turn the tide in that aspect of their game. Tonight's starter, CJ Wilson, is a converted closer that has been successful in this transition (combined 19 wins with a 3.36 ERA and 220 K in 265.1 IP over the past 2 years). Tomorrow's starter, Colby Lewis, is a Japanese League salvage project gone right (combined 16 wins with a 3.74 ERA and 234 K in 255.1 IP over the past 2 years). Even Sunday's starter, Matt Harrison, is finally living up to some of the hype of his prospect days.
Relief is not a problem for Texas either. They have 2010 Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz locking down games in the 9th. Old heads Darren Oliver and Arthur Rhodes are even doing decent.
With the holy trinity of pitching going for the Phils this weekend, it might end up being a low scoring event between what is typically thought of as offensive powerhouses. The Phillies offense just got worse with the prolonged absence of Shane Victorino, so scoring any runs this weekend might be a miracle. Texas takes 2 out of 3.
*Victorino to DL, Dom Brown called up. Amaro is a liar.
*Scott Mathieson optioned to minors, David Herndon called up. Amaro is an idiot.
*Joe Blanton is hurt, but not yet on the DL. They're waiting until next week. Amaro is still an idiot.