Holland (9-6, 2.95 ERA): The 26-year old seeks to round out his outstanding August in his fifth start of the month. He is 1-0 with a 1.67 ERA, allowing just five earned runs in 27 innings. Two of his four starts this month have been scoreless outings, including a start against Seattle in Arlington. He allowed two hits and three walks while striking out six Mariners on Aug. 16 in a no-decision. That was the fourth start in Texas history in which a pitcher lasted at least seven innings, allowed no runs on two or fewer hits, and did not get the win. … Opponents are batting just .170 against him in August, with 27 strikeouts in those 27 innings. … His ERA was 3.18 to begin August -- now it is the sixth-lowest in the American League and his lowest since June 6. ... His 19 quality starts leads Texas and is tied for fourth in the AL … He is starting on an extra day’s rest after his latest no-decision, the Rangers’ walk-off win last Wednesday against Houston. Holland allowed four hits and two earned runs in six innings in that start. … He is 7-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 13 road starts, and is unbeaten in his past 10 away from home. … In 16 career games (12 starts) against Seattle he is 8-2 with a 3.08 ERA.
Iwakuma (12-6, 2.98): Seattle’s other All-Star pitcher -- along with Felix Hernandez -- ranks eighth in the AL in ERA, is fifth in strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.55:1) and second in WHIP (1.01). … Alert to Rangers’ hitters: The 32-year-old Iwakuma has allowed 14 home runs in his past 12 starts, and his 24 home runs allowed are seventh-most in the AL and lead the Mariners. … He is 2-1 with a 2.60 ERA against Texas this season after getting the win Aug. 16 in that no-decision of Holland’s in Arlington. … He allowed five hits and four earned runs in six innings of a loss July 4 at Texas, and surrendered five hits and two runs in eight innings of a May 26 victory over the Rangers.
Hitters: Adrian Beltre (.421, 8-for-19, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) and Ian Kinsler (.353, 6-for-17, 3 solo HRs) have had the most success of any Ranger against Iwakuma. Craig Gentry (3-for-6) has done well against him in more limited faceoffs. Kyle Seager (.316, 6-for-19) is the only Mariner batting above .280 against Holland. The current Mariners are batting .189 with a .242 on-base percentage against him.