Lewis (9-10, 3.37 ERA): He's had some tough luck thanks to limited run support. Texas has scored just seven total runs for him in his last six starts. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a Rangers pitcher had just seven runs of support in six straight starts was Bobby Witt in 1990. Lewis gave up four runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings against Baltimore as things fell apart in the seventh in a tight game. That ended a string of four straight quality starts for Lewis. Opponents are batting .224 against Lewis this season and he has 154 strikeouts and 50 walks in 155 innings. He gave up two runs on five hits in six innings with four walks and one strikeout against the Twins in May.
Pavano (15-8, 3.52 ERA): The White Sox jumped on Pavano in his last start, tagging him for seven runs on 15 hits in six innings in an 11-0 loss last week. Despite that, Pavano has had a quality start in five of his last eight outings. He was 2-0 with a 2.91 ERA in July and 4-1 with a 2.25 ERA in June, so last week's struggles were a surprise. The 34-year-old has 100 strikeouts to just 29 walks in 174 innings and has surrendered 172 hits. He started against the Rangers earlier this season and gave up two runs on seven hits in seven innings to earn the victory.
Hitters: Current Ranger batters have a .301 average against Pavano, led by Michael Young (4-for-11), Josh Hamilton (3-for-9, 2 2B, 3 RBI) and Vladimir Guerrero (7-for-27, 2 HR, 6 RBI). Twins hitters are batting .357 in their career off Lewis. Jim Thome is 4-for-6 with a homer and five RBI. Orlando Hudson is 4-for-7 with two doubles and four RBI.