Jun 282012
 
Scott Feldman, Texas Rangers

Rangers/Athletics Feldman vs. Ross, a Game 1 PreviewSo far so good for the Texas Rangers during their current 10-game home stand. After last night’s 13-9 series-clinching win over Detroit, Texas has won four of six in Arlington and now welcome the Oakland Athletics for a four game set.

The A’s are 10 games behind Texas in the A.L. West, but are 4-2 against the Rangers thus far this season.

Tonight, it will be up to Scott Feldman to keep the Oakland bats at bay. In Feldman’s last start against the Athletics, it didn’t go so well. He surrendered eight earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings pitched.

A look at tonight’s starting lineups:

Oakland Athletics (37-39)

CF Coco Crisp
2B Jemile Weeks
RF Josh Red-Dick
DH Yoenis Cespedes
LF Seth Smith
3B Brandon Inge
1B Brandon Moss
C Derrick Norris
SS Cliff Pennington

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RHP Scott Feldman (1-6, 6.00 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 6.9 K/9)

After the aforementioned eight run meltdown in Oakland, it shouldn’t be surprising that the A’s are hitting .308 against Scooter.

Kurt Suzuki (.294, 4 RBI) and Brandon Inge (.363, 3 RBI) hit Feldman particularly well. However, Feldman—surprisingly enough—is a much better pitcher at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. At home, his ERA is 3.66 as opposed to a ghastly 8.06 on the road.

This season, right-handed batters have gone: .291/.313/.430 with 3 HRs off of him, whereas the southpaws have hit him to the tune of: .263/.336/.389, with 2 HRs.

During his last start, in San Diego, Feldman pitched his best game thus far in 2012. He picked up his first win of the year going six innings with five strikeouts and no walks, as the Rangers won 7-3.

Texas Rangers (47-29)

2B Ian Kinsler
SS Elvis Andrus
LF Josh Hamilton
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Michael Young
DH Nelson Cruz
RF David Murphy
C Yorvit Torrealba
CF Leonys Martin

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RHP Tyson Ross (2-7, 6.02 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 4/9 K/9)

This will be Ross’ first time to face Texas this season. Over his last five starts, he’s lost four with a no-decision sprinkled in for good measure.

The former 2008 second-rounder, Ross tends to get lit-up against lefties: .352/.456/.528, with 4 HRs. Against right-handers, he’s had much more success: .257/.319/.390 with 2 long balls allowed.

Much like Feldman, Ross is better in his own home (4.82 ERA as opposed to a nasty 7.12 ERA on the road.) Unlike Scooter, Ross is not pitching at home tonight—here’s hoping that bodes well for the Rangers.

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