04/28/10 6:52 PM ET
Rangers eye first sweep behind Feldman
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
Or sink swimmingly.
Feldman, who will take the mound for the Rangers against Gavin Floyd and the White Sox in the series finale Thursday in Arlington, is coming off his second rough start. He gave up four earned runs in 3 2/3 innings Saturday against Detroit.
"Just a horrible job by me," Feldman said. "I let them back in the game real quick. There's nobody to blame but myself. Just a bad, disappointing night."
The solution seems simple enough: Feldman needs more ground balls.
"That sinker has to come into play and he needs to throw his breaking ball for strikes," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "When he gets that ball back on the ground he'll be successful."
In Washington's opinion, Feldman hasn't been able to throw either pitch -- breaking ball or sinker -- consistently for strikes in his past two starts.
Last Saturday marked Feldman's second straight loss, as he went only 2 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits against the Yankees on April 17. In seven lifetime appearances, including two starts, against the White Sox, he is 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA.
"I wasn't executing any of my pitches real well," Feldman said. "It was just a disappointing performance because I feel like I need to put zeroes up there when we have a lead."
In his one start against Chicago last year, Feldman went 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on three hits with three strikeouts.
It will be up to Floyd to help his team to avoid a three-game sweep. In his last start, Floyd worked 6 1/3 innings against the Mariners on Friday in Chicago, allowing five runs on seven hits, while striking out four and walking three. Three of those runs scored when Jose Lopez hit a two-out grand slam off of reliever J.J. Putz in the seventh, erasing a chance for Floyd to pick up his first victory.
Could it be two solid starts in a row for Floyd? He sure hopes so. He gave up six runs in his first two starts of the season then seven runs in one inning against the Indians.
"He just had a bad game on a very bad road trip," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of Floyd, who exited after just 51 pitches. "The best thing we have failed today, and that's our [starting] pitching staff."
Floyd is 0-1 in his career against the Rangers.
Rangers: On a roll in homestand
The Rangers have won five of their past seven games since a six-game losing streak. The club is 4-2 on the current seven-game homestand against Detroit (2-2) and Chicago (2-0) and has the opportunity to earn their first series sweep with a win Thursday. ... Joaquin Arias has reached safely via a hit or walk in 11 straight starts. ... Julio Borbon is hitting.310 (9-29) in seven games since being moved to the no. 9 spot. ... Vladimir Guerrero batting .512 at home this season.
White Sox: Pierzynski snaps slump
A.J. Pierzynski snapped a 0-for-14 drought with his fifth-inning single. ... Juan Pierre grounded into two double plays Wednesday for the first time in his career. He has grounded into three double plays in this series after grounding into seven during all of 2009. He has grounded into double plays in consecutive games only two times in his career. ... Gordon Beckham will be back in the lineup Thursday after a day of rest Wednesday.
The Rangers' Josh Hamilton has homered in three of his past seven games after not hitting a home run in through his first 13 games. ... Rangers reliever Darren Oliver has held opponents scoreless in three straight and eight of his 10 appearances this season. He has retired 11 of past 13 batters with three double plays over his past three games.
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