OAKLAND, Calif. -- The third game of this current four-game swing through Oakland features LHP Derek Holland against LHP Gio Gonzalez in an afternoon affair at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. A quick look at the matchup:
Holland (3-4, 4.56 ERA): This is his 10th start of the season after pitching just 3 2/3 innings on Monday in Anaheim, allowing four runs on six hits in a 7-4 loss. The 23-year-old left the game after allowing three doubles in the fourth inning. This is his fifth consecutive turn through the rotation and he's 1-2 with a with a 4.26 ERA. He's 3-4 with a 4.75 ERA in nine total starts this season. He's done the job against left-handed hitters, who are batting just .154 against him in 2010. In five career games against Oakland, Holland is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA. Holland has thrown 10 2/3 innings against the A's this season and has a 0.84 ERA. He allowed no runs on five hits in six innings with seven strikeouts and a walk in his lone start against the A's on May 12 in Arlington.
Gonzalez (14-9, 3.36 ERA): He's coming off a win against the White Sox after he pitched six shutout innings with four walks and seven strikeouts earlier this week. Gonzalez, in fact, has eight quality starts in his last nine outings and is 5-2 with a 2.52 ERA in that span with opponents hitting just .204 against him. In four starts this season against Texas, Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 2.74 ERA (23 innings) with 15 strikeouts and seven walks. He's also much better at home, sporting a 2.53 ERA in Oakland and a 4.22 ERA everywhere else.
Hitters: Four Oakland hitters have at least six at-bats against Holland: Kevin Kouzmanoff (5-for-7), Kurt Suzuki (2-for-7), Rajai Davis (2-for-6) and Cliff Pennington (0-for-6). Four Rangers who could play have at least 10 at-bats off Gonzalez: Vladimir Guerrero (4-for-19), Bengie Molina (3-for-13), Michael Young (2-for-13) and David Murphy (3-for-10).