Stats: How Texas has 3 straight shutouts

July, 16, 2011
7/16/11
1:00
PM CT
SEATTLE -- The Rangers' three consecutive shutouts caught the attention of our ESPN Stats & Information staff. They compiled some interesting numbers in regards to the feat. Here's a look:

* The Rangers shut out Seattle for the second straight night, giving the Mariners a stretch of 26 innings (dating to the top of the 1st on Sunday) where they haven't scored. That's the longest such streak in MLB this year.

* But Texas also shut out Oakland in their game on Sunday. It's the first time since May 7-9, 2008, that they've recorded three straight shutouts. Naturally, those games were also two against Seattle and one against Oakland (though in the reverse order).

* Thanks to the All-Star break, Texas has not surrendered a run since last Saturday. Coco Crisp hit a solo homer in Arlington at 9:01 pm CT that night. Since tonight's game isn't starting until 9:15 p.m. CT, they are guaranteed to go a full calendar week without allowing a run.

How the Rangers' staff has thrown three consecutive shutouts:

* Opponents have swung at 48.9 percent of all pitches this week (181 of 370), and 65 percent of those in the strike zone (134 of 206). Their season marks were several points lower at 44.4 and 61.2. Rangers have recorded 33 swings and misses in the three shutouts.

* Confounded hitters with sliders, throwing 60 of them over the three-game span (36 by Colby Lewis on Friday). Batters went 3-for-22 (.136) with 6 strikeouts this week against sliders. Previous Ranger opponents hit their sliders at a .197 pace.

* All those sliders kept lefties guessing as left-handed batters went 4-for-37 (.108) in the three games, including 1-for-15 against outside pitches.

* Surrendered just one extra-base hit in the three games (a double by Franklin Gutierrez on Friday). Opponents were 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

* Threw first-pitch strikes to 68 of 99 batters in the three games, and second-pitch strikes to 21 of the remaining 31. Had only two 3-0 counts the whole week, and both those batters went on to make outs.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182