Joe Saunders looks for first win

June, 25, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers are hoping their season-high six-game losing streak ends soon.

Joe Saunders
Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesRangers starting pitcher Joe Saunders is 0-3 with a 4.11 ERA this season.
Wednesday would be a nice place to start for the Rangers as they play the Detroit Tigers at Globe Life Park. However, the Rangers' starting pitcher Joe Saunders hasn't won a game all season.

He's 0-3 with a 4.11 ERA this season. The club is 2-4 in his starts.

"It's hard not to look at your record, especially these days," Saunders said. "It's harder to control wins and losses, but you still have to go out there and throw up zeros and do the other things to help the team along. Yes, I haven’t won a game yet, but I've helped my team win a few times so you have to look at that. It's not always about yourself. It's about the team."


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In Saunders' last start, June 20 against the Angels, he went 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs -- four earned -- in the 7-3 loss. In the five starts since he's come off the DL, Saunders has posted a 0-2 mark with a 3.33 ERA. Saunders has allowed fewer than two earned runs in four of his last five outings.

Winning a game, particularly now, is imperative for a Rangers team struggling at the plate.

"Yeah, it's frustrating to not have a win there, but you have to keep pushing forward," said Saunders who hasn't won a game since last August 31 at Houston when he pitched for Seattle. "Sometimes it happens, sometimes you put yourself in the best spot to win and you don’t win. Sometimes you put yourself in the worst spot and you win. It's one of those fluke things where wins and losses are harder to come by these days, at least to be able to control (it). But you have to be able to go out there and don’t worry about the BS and focus on pitching."
Calvin Watkins joined in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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