The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers square off this afternoon. Brad Penny will have his hands full with a dangerous Rangers lineup. Keep an eye on the Penny and Nelson Cruz matchup. The above graphic shows all data dating back to 2008. Cruz gets a lot of big hits up in the zone, and Penny tends to give up more hits there.
It will be interesting to see if Penny tries to come in on Cruz at all. He's been fairly successful hitting that low inside corner against right-handed batters, holding them to a .136 batting average and .227 slugging percentage since 2008. However, Cruz has done a lot of damage on pitches down and in from righties over that same period, producing a .649 SLG% and a 10.5% home run rate.
Will Penny challenge him?