The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet up again Monday night to start a three-game series in Anaheim. Rangers left-hander Derek Holland faces right-hander Joe Blanton in the opener at 9:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.
Derek Holland (1-1, 1.64): Holland is one of the hottest starting pitchers going in the American League. He is third in the AL with a 1.64 ERA, trailing Boston's Clay Buchholz (0.90) and Tampa Bay's Matt Moore (1.00). ... Holland earned his first victory in his last start Tuesday night at Chicago, throwing seven shutout innings with the temperature in the 30s at Wrigley Field. It was the second time in 93 career starts that Holland went seven innings or more and allowed no more than two hits, the other coming against Boston in 2011. ... He has gone at least seven innings in each start, allowing two earned runs or less, joining Buchholz and the New York Mets' Matt Harvey as the only starters to do that. ... Holland is 7-5 with a 5.36 ERA in 17 games (14 starts) vs. the Angels. ... He has steadily improved against the Angels, going 2-0 with a 4.79 ERA in his last three starts against the Halos. ... He is 4-3 with 4.81 in his career in Anaheim.
Joe Blanton (0-3, 8.59): Blanton, making his fourth start, is off to a rocky beginning with his new team. ... He lost in his last outing, allowing four earned runs and nine hits in a loss at Minnesota on Monday. ... Blanton has given up 26 hits in 14 2/3 innings, including six home runs -- the second most in the American League. ... He hasn't lasted more than five innings in his three starts, giving up at least four earned runs in each outing. ... Opposing batters are hitting .377 against Blanton. ... Blanton is 6-4 with a 4.89 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) against the Rangers, most of them coming when he was with the A's from 2005-08. ... He spent the last six seasons in the National League with the Phillies and the Dodgers.
Hitters: Several Angels hitters have good numbers against Holland, including Alberto Callaspo (12-for-34, 5 2Bs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs), Mike Trout (6-for-17, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs) and Howard Kendrick (14-for-41, 2 HRs, 10 RBIs). Adrian Beltre (13-for-48, 4 2Bs, 7 RBIs) has been the Rangers' best hitter against Blanton.