After getting the better of the Los Angeles Angels last month, Yu Darvish will look to improve upon his performance when he takes the mound on Saturday. TheTexas Rangers rookie phenom overcame a season-high two homers to handcuff the Angels in a 10-3 victory on May 11. The Rangers could use a solid outing after they dropped their third straight game, a 4-2 setback to the Angels in Friday’s series opener.
Los Angeles has won nine of its last 10 to move to within 4 1/2 games of Texas in the American League West. Mike Trout had an RBI triple and snapped a tie with a two-run single in the seventh on Friday. The rookie is 9-for-25 with seven RBIs on his current six-game hitting streak. Trout homered in his last outing versus Darvish.
Rangers Angels Betting
When: 10:05 PM ET, Saturday, June 2, 2012
Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
TV: 10:05 p.m. ET, FSH (Texas), FSW (Los Angeles)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Rangers RH Yu Darvish (7-2, 3.25 ERA) vs. Angels LH C.J. Wilson (6-4, 2.77 ERA)
Darvish yielded three runs on five hits in a 12-6 triumph over Toronto on Sunday. While his record is solid, the 25-year-old Japan native has struggled with his control this season. After walking a season-high six batters versus Seattle on May 21, Darvish cut that number in half in his last outing.
Wilson has rebounded from a modest two-game losing skid by tossing two gems in as many outings. After allowing just one hit over eight sizzling innings versus Oakland on May 22, the 31-year-old yielded just one run on two hits in six innings in a win over Seattle on Sunday. Wilson has faced Texas twice last month, permitting six runs on eight hits in six overall innings.
1. Los Angeles’ Mark Trumbo went 0-for-4 on Friday to see both his four-game homer streak and six-game hitting streak come to an end. He failed to get a hit in two at-bats versus Darvish earlier this season.
2. Former Angel catcher Mike Napoli, who had an RBI single on Friday, is just 4-for-19 in his career versus Wilson.
3. Texas slugger Josh Hamilton ripped his third double in two contests and has scored seven runs in as many games.