The Texas Rangers’ Yu Darvish has mainly struggled in his three
starts since the All-Star break but he had an effective performance
against the Los Angeles Angels.
The right-hander will try to produce another such outing
Wednesday night while denying the Angels their first three-game win
streak in a little more than a month.
Darvish (11-7, 4.05 ERA) was among the final players to make the
AL roster for the All-Star game but hasn’t pitched like one in two
of his last three starts. He gave up a career-high seven runs at
Seattle during his first start back from the break on July 14 and
six over 6 1-3 innings to the Chicago White Sox on Friday, the most
he’s allowed at home this season.
Darvish is 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA over his last two starts in
Arlington after winning each of his first seven.
“Overall it was not a good game,” he said through a
Darvish had a better effort against the Angels (57-47) on July
21, giving up two runs and three hits over seven innings in a 9-2
road victory. He’s 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts against Los
Angeles and gave up three runs and three hits over 5 1-3 innings in
his only matchup in Texas, a 10-3 victory May 11.
Darvish has stymied Albert Pujols in those outings, giving up
one single in eight at-bats, but the Angels slugger will enter this
game after hitting a pair of homers in a 6-2 victory Tuesday. Mike
Trout, who homered for the second straight game, is 4 for 9 with
one longball against Darvish and is hitting .442 against the
Rangers (59-43) this season
Trout set an AL rookie record for home runs in July with 10 and
tied a major league rookie mark with 32 runs scored in the
“I just went out there and played my game,” he said. “It’s being
more comfortable out there.”
With Trout’s help, Los Angeles will try to continue cutting into
Texas’ lead in the AL West by earning a third straight win for the
first time since a four-game run June 24-28. The Rangers, 4-7
against the Angels this season, will attempt to avoid their first
three-game skid since a season-high five consecutive defeats July
Texas will make that attempt against Garrett Richards (3-2,
3.91) instead of Dan Haren, who is still dealing with stiffness in
his right side.
Richards heads into this start after failing to follow up on a
superb outing in Detroit on July 17. The right-hander tossed seven
scoreless innings in that game but gave up four runs over five
frames during a 4-1 loss to Kansas City last Tuesday.
“I’m going to go out and I’m going to pitch my game,” he told
the team’s website. “I’m going to attack guys. I’m going to pitch
in and get ahead early.”
Richards has no record and a 1.59 ERA in two career starts
against the Rangers but threw only 19 pitches during the first of
those on Aug. 15, 2011, before leaving with a strained groin.