OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Rangers begin a 7-game homestand today and will start getting their rotation set for the postseason. That starts with lefty C.J. Wilson getting the start against right-hander David Pauley. A look at the matchups:
Wilson (14-7, 3.15 ERA): Since struggling in a short outing against the Yankees on Sept. 10, Wilson has put together consecutive quality starts, giving up three runs in a total of 14 innings against Seattle and LAA on the road. Wilson's last start came at a critical time. The Rangers had lost three straight games and badly needed a solid performance last Wednesday in Anaheim and Wilson delivered. He allowed one run on three hits in six innings in a game the Rangers eventually won, 2-1 in 12 innings. Wilson has at least three walks in his last five starts, but also has at least five strikeouts in those outings. He's 1-1 with a 3.24 ERA in four starts against the Mariners this season, including last weekend, when Wilson gave up two runs on six hits in eight innings, but took the loss.
Pauley (3-8, 4.06 ERA): He's coming off three straight quality starts, including a win over Toronto last week. Pauley went six innings and gave up two runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a 6-3 victory on the road. He's made one appearance this season against the Rangers, that was back on Aug. 4 in Seattle. He faced two batters and had a strikeout and a fly out.
Hitters: Wilson has faced five Mariners hitters in at least 11 at-bats: Franklin Gutierrez (4-for-11, HR, 4 RBIs), Casey Kotchman (0-for-11), Jose Lopez (10-for-21), Chone Figgins (6-for-23) and Ichiro Suzuki (8-for-27). Pauley has faced just two Rangers hitters in at least four at-bats -- 0-for-8 combined against Vladimir Guerrero and Michael Young.