Saturday, April 26, 2014
Beltre looks to continue to hit Hernandez
By Richard Durrett
Adrian Beltre nearly provided the go-ahead hit in the ninth inning of Friday's 6-5 loss to Seattle in his first game since returning from the disabled list. Now, he gets a chance to face Felix Hernandez, a former teammate and a pitcher Beltre respects.
For Beltre, it's an opportunity to continue his terrific numbers against Hernandez, a rarity against the former Cy Young Award winner.
Beltre has a career .345 average off Hernandez. He's 10-for-29 with a double, a homer and two RBIs. And every time he gets a hit, he lets Hernandez know about. It's all in good fun, of course.
Elvis Andrus also has hit Hernandez well in his career with a .300 average (21-for-70). Beltre and Andrus are two of just nine right-handed batters with 30 or more plate appearances off Hernandez to post a .300 batting average or better. (Beltre is fourth on that list.)
Hernandez does not have a win against the Rangers in six consecutive starts dating back to April 11, 2013 (thanks to the Rangers media relations staff for that note).
The only other times an opponent has held him winless in at least six straight starts was Texas (eight starts from April 1, 2008 -- May 14, 2009) and the Los Angeles Angels (eight starts Sept. 8, 2009 -- Aug. 7, 2011).