Rangers - CJ Wilson
CJ is coming off a no decision against Cleveland and has had little success against the A's this season. His record against Oakland is 1-2 and he's pitched a total of 21 innings while giving up 12 runs on 16 hits. His overall record is 10-5, and he's pitching with an earned run average above three, so Texas fans shouldn't be worried about the southpaw.
Or should they? CJ recently went on the record that he hates pitching in Oakland. In a recent interview posted on the ballclub's website, he went on to say this:
"I hate pitching there," Wilson said. "The mound [stinks]. The fans [stink]. There are no fans there. It's too bad, because the fans that are there are really adamant and stoked on the team. They play drums and they wave flags, and it's cool. But some games you go there and there are, like, 6,000 people there. It's kind of sad"
He also went on to reassure Ranger fans that Oakland isn't a threat in free agency and that "there is no chance he would sign with Oakland, largely due to its fan base." Harsh words coming from a pitcher who is known to run his mouth. It will be interesting to see how fans react to him on Friday.
Athletics - Brandon McCarthy
This former Ranger is having a career year as almost every single one of his main statistics is his best yet since debuting with the White Sox in 2005. His record is 5-5 but has pitched very well in his 16 starts, posting a home run per nine innings ratio that is one-third of his previous low and earning a fielding independent earned run average of 2.69.
He's given up nine runs in 12 innings against Texas but failed to earn a decision in both games.