The Rangers arrive back home for a quick three-game series with the Detroit Tigers before they head back on the road for a 10-game trip through Minnesota, New York and Atlanta. We'll have in-game chats for all three Tigers' games right here on ESPNDallas.com. A look at the pitching matchup tonight featuring Colby Lewis and Max Scherzer:
Lewis (5-5, 3.48 ERA): The right-hander is coming off yet another outstanding start, going eight shutout innings against the Rays, allowing no runs on four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts in the victory. ...Lewis started the sesaon 1-3 with a 6.95 ERA, allowing 10 walks with just 14 strikeouts. But since late April, Lewis has looked much more like the guy that beat the Yankees twice in the ALCS and was on the mound in the Rangers' only World Series win in 2010. He's 4-2 with a 2.04 ERA in his last seven starts. And here's an interesting number: He has 10 walks in those seven starts, equaling his 10 for the first four starts of 2011. He also has 41 strikeouts. ...In three starts in 2010 against the Tigers, Lewis was 2-1 with a 4.66 ERA.
Scherzer (6-2, 4.38 ERA): The right-hander hasn't won since May 9 in Toronto and gave up seven runs on nine hits in6 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Twins in his last start (May 31). He had seven strikeouts and one walk in the game, but allowed two homers. Of his 12 starts, Scherzer has allowed multiple home runs in three of them. ...He does like pitching against the Rangers, sporting a 2-0 record and a 2.25 ERA in three starts (20 innings) coming into 2011. And his last start against Texas was April 13, in which he gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings in a 3-2 Tigers' win.
Hitters: Michael Young is 4-for-11 with a double and two triples off Scherzer. ...He's held David Murphy to 2-for-11 and Nelson Cruz to 2-for-9. ...Austin Jackson is 5-for-10 with a homer off Lewis. Ryan Raburn is 2-for-3 with two doubles, but Lewis has held Brennan Boesch to 0-for-10 with four strikeouts.