Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Justin Verlander
|Randy Galloway, Matt Mosley and Glenn "Stretch" Smith discuss the latest Rangers news, including the Yu Darvish-Justin Verlander matchup.
Verlander (4-3, 1.93 ERA): The hard-throwing right-hander has a 7-2 career record against the Rangers with a 2.02 ERA over 51.1 innings. He's struck out 57 and walked only 18. ... Verlander is a perfect 3-0 at Rangers Ballpark with a 1.29 ERA over 28.0 innings. He's struck out 34 and walked only four in those three wins. ... Verlander took the loss against Cleveland in his last outing, allowing six hits and three earned runs over just five innings, matching his shortest stint of the season. He struck out seven but struggled with his command and walked five. ... Before losing to Cleveland, Verlander had a two-game winning streak with victories over Minnesota and Cleveland. ... Verlander had double-digit strikeouts just once this season, fanning 12 at Seattle on April 18. ... Verlander has pitched at least seven innings in five of his eight starts but never more than 7.1 innings.
Hitters: Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, a former Angel, has a career .333 batting average against Darvish, going 6-for-18 with two doubles, a home run and five RBIs. Detroit 1B Prince Fielder is 2-for-6 with a double, a home run and three RBIs vs. Darvish. Third baseman Miguel Cabrera has just two hits in eight at-bats. ... Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has a career batting average of .314 (11-for-35) against Verlander with two doubles, one home run and three RBIs. He's the only Ranger on the active roster who has homered off Verlander. Outfidler David Murphy is 5-for-17 with five singles. Second baseman Ian Kinsler (.120), right fielder Nelson Cruz (.133) and shortstop Elvis Andrus have all struggled against him.
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