Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Erik Bedard
Holland (9-6, 2.95): Holland is rolling in August with a 1-0 record and a 1.29 ERA. ... Holland has been the starting pitcher in four of the seven games that the bullpen has blown saves in, including last Friday's 3-1 loss to Seattle. He departed after seven shutout innings with the Rangers leading 1-0, only to have Seattle score three runs in the top of the eighth. ... Holland has quality starts in nine of his last 10 outings, going 4-2 with 2.28 ERA. ... He is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in four career starts against Houston. ... Holland has allowed more than four earned runs once in 25 starts. ... Incredibly, Holland has just two wins in 12 home starts.
Bedard (3-9, 4.49): Bedard took the loss in Houston's 5-0 defeat at Oakland last Thursday after allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. ... He has held opponents to two earned runs or less in 10 of his 17 starts since returning to the rotation May 11 ... He has 31 strikeouts over his last 28 2/3 innings and his 9.73 strikeouts per nine innings ranks second in the American League during that span behind the Rangers' Yu Darvish. ... Bedard had held opponents to three runs or less in five straight starts before his Oakland start. ... He allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings against Texas on Aug. 9. ... Bedard is 5-5 with a solid 3.55 ERA in 19 career starts against the Rangers. ... The Astros are 6-16 in Bedard's starts.
Hitters: Chris Carter is 4-for-12 with a home run and an RBI against Holland. A.J. Pierzynski (9-for-19, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) and Alex Rios (10-for-33, 1 HR, 4 RBIs) have had success against Bedard.
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