ARLINGTON, Texas -- Game 3 of the pre-All-Star break four-game series against Oakland features RHP Colby Lewis against a familiar face -- RHP Brandon McCarthy. Here is a quick look at the matchup:
Lewis (8-7, 4.29 ERA): Lewis is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA over his last four starts… He picked up a 13-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles in his last start on July 4, throwing seven innings (110 pitches) and allowing three runs on five hits, striking out four and walking three… The Independence Day win was his 10th quality start in his last 13 starts… However, the two homers he gave up raised his season total to an AL-high 22… Right-handers are batting .189 against Lewis (seventh-lowest in the AL), but left-handers are driving him for a .307 average.
McCarthy (1-5, 3.33 ERA): McCarthy is making his second start since coming off the DL on July 3 with a stress reaction in his right scapula… The 28-year-old is 0-5 over his last seven starts, the worst stretch of his career… Lost 2-1 to Oakland on July 4, throwing 6 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out five… Has had six career stints on the DL… McCarthy pitched for the Rangers in 2007-09… His best season in Texas was 2009 when he went 7-4 with a 4.62 ERA in 17 starts.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre has by far the most experience against McCarthy, going 6-for-17 with six RBIs, two doubles and a home run. Next in line is Michael Young, who has gone 3-for-8 with five RBIs, a double and a home run… As a team, the Rangers are batting .293 against McCarthy… Oakland’s lineup has seen Lewis numerous times with limited success against the righty, batting .250 as a team… Hideki Matsui is 6-for-16, and Ryan Sweeney is 3-for-9 against Lewis… Lewis has given up six long balls to the A’s.