Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Mat Latos
Darvish (7-3, 2.95): Darvish last won on May 16 against the Detroit Tigers ... Since then, Darvish is 0-2 with a 2.93 ERA ... The Rangers were 9-2 in their last 11 games entering Saturday and both losses came in Darvish's starts ... He's using his fastball only 50 percent of the time this season, and it's hurting him, especially in his recent start Tuesday at New York against the Yankees ... He allowed three solo home runs to Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix, the latter two not considered to be power threats ... Darvish leads the major leagues with 143 strikeouts and a 12.09 Ks per nine innings ratio ... He has .191 opponents batting average, third in baseball behind the Mets' Matt Harvey (.184) and Tigers' 12-game winner Max Scherzer (.190) ... Darvish is 2-0 in his three career interleague starts ... He had a no decision in his start this season against the National League's Arizona Diamondbacks.
Latos (7-1, 3.05): The 25-year-old Latos makes his first career start against the Rangers ... He tied a career high with 13 strikeouts in Sunday's 4-2 victory over Arizona ... He allowed one earned run and six hits in 7 2/3 innings ... Latos is 6-2 with a 4.03 ERA against the American League ... Latos is on a tear going back to last season, with a 11-1 record and a 2.80 ERA for 23 starts ... He had a 21-game stretch without a loss during this current span -- he was 10-0 -- the longest streak without a loss in Reds history ... Cincinnati is 34-15 in Latos' starts.
Hitters: Lance Berkman (3-for-11, 2 RBIs), who missed his third straight game Saturday, has had some success against the Cardinals. Shin-Soo Choo has a hit in two at-bats against Darvish.
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