ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Rangers' final west coast swing of the season continues in Anaheim for the next three days, starting tonight with LHP Derek Holland matched up with RHP Jered Weaver. A look at the matchup:
Holland (3-3, 4.12 ERA): He gave up four runs (but just one earned) on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in four innings pitched against Detroit in an 11-4 Rangers win last week. Holland had some command issues and was relieved by Dustin Nippert, who did a solid job deep into the game. Holland has pitched more than five innings just once since Aug. 18, when he made his first start since May 22. He's made one start against the Angels this season, allowing three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings on May 17.
Weaver (12-11, 2.96 ERA): He was great in his last outing, giving up just one hit in seven shutout innings against the Indians in a 7-0 win. Weaver had seven strikeouts and no walks to get his 12th win of the year. In his last four starts, Weaver is 1-2, but has a 1.50 ERA with 29 strikeouts and four walks in 30 innings. Opponents are hitting just .165 in that span. He has four starts this season against the Rangers and is 2-1 with a 3.65 ERA, though the ERA is high because of one bad start (he gave up seven earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in May). In his last 3 starts against Texas, Weaver has allowed just three earned runs in 20 innings and has quality starts in all three outings.
Hitters: Four Angels have at least 10 at-bats against Holland: Erick Aybar (5-for-14), Juan Rivera (3-for-12), Hideki Matsui (4-for-10) and Howie Kendrick (1-for-10). Weaver has faced three Rangers with at least 29 at-bats against him: Michael Young (15-for-53, 2 HR, 3 RBI), Ian Kinsler (9-for-38, 2 HR, 6 RBI) and Nelson Cruz (7-for-29).