Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Matchup: Justin Grimm vs. Joe Saunders
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers open a three-game series against Seattle on Tuesday night with right-hander Justin Grimm facing Mariners left-hander Joe Saunders at 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM, ESPN Deportes Dallas 1540 AM.
Grimm (7-5, 5.56): Grimm has won two straight starts, going five innings in each outing. ... The 24-year old picked up the win against the New York Yankees on Wednesday, allowing three runs in five innings. ... He held the Yankees to one run until the sixth inning, when he allowed two hits, was taken out and both runners later scored against Robbie Ross. ... Grimm has won five games since May 17, more than any other Rangers starter. ... He is 2-2 with 9.00 ERA in five June starts. ... He leads all American League rookie pitchers with seven wins and 62 strikeouts. ... Grimm has made three of his 14 starts this season against Seattle, including his first two starts this season when he went 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA. ... Seattle is batting .309 against him, but .167 with runners in scoring position.
Saunders (5-8, 4.98): Saunders lasted just 1 2/3 inning his last start, allowing six runs. ... He allowed three home runs as he tied the third shortest outing of his career. ... Saunders pitched well June 19 against the Los Angeles Angels, losing 1-0 despite throwing a complete game, allowing one run in eight innings. ... Saunders has nine quality starts to rank him third among Mariners starters behind Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. ... Saunders is 1-5 with a 6.46 ERA in eight road starts. ... He is 3-9 with a 6.60 ERA in 14 regular-season starts against the Rangers. ... His last non-playoff win against the Rangers was Sept. 28, 2008 with the Angels. ... He is winless in seven career regular-season starts in Arlington, going 0-7 with a 9.91 ERA. ... He beat the Rangers in last year's American League wild-card game in Arlington pitching for Baltimore.
Hitters: Michael Morse (4-for-8) and Justin Smoak (3-for-8) have had success against Grimm this season. Ian Kinsler (10-for-30, 4 HRs, 8 RBIs) and Nelson Cruz (8-for-27, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs) have hit for power against Saunders.