Friday, June 28, 2013
Stock Report: Martin up, Darvish down
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Friday, which means it's time for our weekly stock report. Let's take a look at who's trending up and who's trending down with the Rangers:
Rangers' lefty starters: Derek Holland was brilliant Thursday in New York, throwing a two-hit shutout against the Yankees. Holland had been 0-5 with an 8.85 ERA in eight career regular-season appearances against the Yankees before his dominant effort. Rangers top pitching prospect Martin Perez, who will start Friday night at home against Cincinnati, allowed two runs in seven innings in his return to the big leagues last Saturday at St. Louis.
Leonys Martin: The center fielder will take a 11-game hitting streak into Friday's game, the second longest streak in the American League behind Detroit's Miguel Cabrera and the Los Angeles Angels' Alberto Callaspo, who have hit in 12 straight. Martin is batting .411 during the hitting streak to take his batting average from .252 to .288.
Nelson Cruz: Cruz belted his 20th home run of the season Wednesday, making this his fifth consecutive season with 20-plus home runs. It ties a club record for consecutive 20-homer seasons with Pete Incaviglia (1986-90), Juan Gonzalez (1995-99), Ivan Rodriguez (1997-2001) and Rafael Palmeiro (1999-2003).
Yu Darvish: He will take a seven-game winless streak into Sunday's start against the Reds. Darvish allowed three home runs in his start Tuesday against the Yankees, losing a 3-1 lead at New York. He allowed home runs to non-power threats Brett Gardner and Jayson Niz. The Rangers eventually lost the game 4-3. Darvish had 100 pitches through five innings in his start compared to the 92 it took Holland to throw a complete game Thursday. Darvish continues to rely too much on his breaking pitches.
First-inning blues: The Rangers have gone 19 straight games without scoring in the first inning. It's their longest such streak since 2004. Texas hasn't had a first-inning extra base hit in 29 games, the longest streak since Oakland went 31 games without one in 1984. The Rangers have been outscoring 34-18 in the first inning. Their 18 first-inning runs are the fewest in baseball.