ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are still waiting for Scott Feldman to return to his 2009 form and Texas manager Ron Washington believes he will as soon as he regains control of his sinker ball. Perhaps he will in Sunday's series wrap-up against the Chicago White Sox.
LHP Mark Buehrle (6-7, 4.58 ERA): Making his 17th start of the season, Buehrle has been at his best recently, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.39 ERA (7 ER/26.1 IP) over his last four starts. But, on he's a different pitcher on the road than at home. On the road, he's 2-5 with a 4.27 ERA (22 ER/46.1 IP) in eight road starts. Now for another but...Buehrle pitches well at Rangers Ballpark. He owns a 4-2 record with a 3.86 ERA in seven games (six starts) in Arlington. Overall, he's 11-5, with a 3.39 ERA and a .249 opponents average in 19 career starts against Texas. He did lose his only start to the Rangers this season on June 1 in Chicago. He allowed six runs over 5 1/3 innings.
RHP Scott Feldman (5-7, 5.48 ERA): Opponents have batted .412 (21-of-51) against Feldman over his last two games, raising season average from .300 to .315, the second-highest mark in the American League. Still, he continues to eat innings, having gone at least six innings in three consecutive games and in seven of nine. In four career starts against Chicago, he is 2-0 with a 3.51 ERA. He got a no-decision on April 29 in Arlington and earned the victory on June 2 in Chicago when he went eight innings. The White Sox have batted just .191 in the four starts against Feldman.
Hitters: Feldman could get in trouble he doesn't find a way to retire lead-off man Juan Pierre, who has four singles in seven at-bats against him. Center fielder Alex Rios is batting .375 against Feldman with three hits, including a home run, in eight at-bats. No surprise, Vladimir Guerrero is a lifetime .367 hitter against Buehrle with four home runs in 30 at-bats. Perhaps Texas manager Ron Washington will think hard about starting catcher Matt Treanor, who is 3-of-6 lifetime against Buehrle with a double and a homer.