Saturday, May 18, 2013
Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Anibal Sanchez
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers and Detroit play the third game of a four-game series Saturday with right-hander Justin Grimm facing Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez. First pitch is 7:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.
Grimm (2-3, 4.28 ERA): Grimm tries to turn around a three-game losing streak. ... He has allowed 10 runs in his past 10 innings. ... He has struggled to keep the ball down in the strike zone, allowing seven hits and five runs in a start Monday in Oakland. He allowed consecutive home runs to Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Moss in the third inning to fall behind 4-0. ... It's been a tough turnaround for Grimm, who is 0-3 with a 7.02 ERA for three May starts, that after being named American League rookie of the month for April, having gone 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA. ... He has pitched well at home with a 1-1 record and 2.84 ERA for three starts in Arlington. ... He will face the Tigers for the second time. The first one didn't go well, as he allowed seven hits to the first nine batters he faced and Detroit scored five runs in the first inning.
Sanchez (4-3, 2.05): Sanchez is off to a great start. He's fourth in the AL with 66 strikeouts and fifth with his 2.05 ERA. He has allowed three runs or fewer in all eight of his starts. ... He dominated Houston in his last start, allowing two runs in seven innings in a 7-2 victory over the Astros. Sanchez had eight strikeouts. ... But that's not the real story for him as far as strikeouts go. Sanchez had a major league-best 17 strikeouts against Atlanta in a 10-0 victory over the Braves on April 26. It broke a team record that had stood since 1969 when Mickey Lolich struck out 16 twice less than three weeks apart. ... Sanchez is 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA for two career starts against the Rangers.
Hitters: Geovany Soto (5-for-10, RBI) and Lance Berkman (5-for-13) had success against Sanchez when he pitched in the National League. Miguel Cabrera was 2-for-2 with two RBIs when the Tigers crushed Grimm for six runs in one inning-plus last June in Arlington.