The hard-throwing right-hander will shoot for his 10th straight victory over the Rangers when the Los Angeles Angels begin a four-game series at Ameriquest Field.
Colon is 9-0 with a 2.48 ERA over his last nine starts against Texas, including an 8-0 mark since joining the Angels at the start of last season. The last time the Rangers beat Colon was on Aug. 16, 2003, ripping him for nine runs and seven hits in three innings of a 12-8 win over the Chicago White Sox.
Colon is seeking a third straight win over the Rangers this season. He allowed three runs and six hits over six innings last Tuesday and took advantage of an early five-run lead for an 8-6 win.
“They’re a very powerful lineup, and they really made me work for it,” Colon said through an interpreter. “I want to thank the guys because (the early lead) made my job a little easier.”
If the Rangers are going to solve Colon, they will need to start reversing their career numbers against him. Third baseman Hank Blalock is batting .111 (3-for-27) with 10 strikeouts against Colon, outfielder Richard Hidalgo is hitting .071 (1-for-14) and catcher Rod Barajas is 0-for-18.
Shortstop Michael Young is batting .300 (9-for-30) against Colon in his career and is the only Ranger with an average higher than .250.
Texas is hoping to use the series to gain ground on first-place Los Angeles after being swept last week in a three-game set in Anaheim. The Rangers entered that series just 1 1/2 games behind the Angels, but have fallen 6 1/2 back after dropping six of their last seven.
“There’s three months to go, so we’re not going to put too much pressure on ourselves,” Texas first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “But some wins against the Angels would get us going. We can’t afford to dig ourselves a big hole.”
Barajas left Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Houston with lower back soreness and will be evaluated on Monday.
The Angels are beginning a seven-game road trip in search of a seventh straight win. They completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 5-3 win Sunday.
Garret Anderson drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning. Anderson became the first player in franchise history to drive in 1,000 runs.
“The meaning is we won the game,” Anderson said. “I was more happy that we got the two runs there and won the game. I still have a lot of games to be played. I’ll be able to look back on it when I finish playing. I don’t get too high or low on my achievements whether they’re good or bad.”