Thursday, June 26, 2014
W2W4: Rangers vs. Detroit Tigers
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers conclude their three-game set against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night at Globe Life Park.
Here's a preview:
Avoiding a sweep: The Rangers have been swept three times this season but never in back-to-back series. The Rangers lost three straight to the Los Angeles Angles over the weekend. Overall, the Rangers have lost a season-high seven games and sit 12.5 games behind first-place Oakland in the AL West. Finding consistent pitching and hitting is the major problem for the Rangers right now. In Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Tigers, there was no pitching as Joe Saunders fell to 0-4 and is now winless in seven starts this season. There was some hitting, however, as the Rangers scored the most runs since a 10-6 loss at Oakland on June 17.
Beltre on a tear: Third baseman Adrian Beltre is 9-for-12 over the last three games and has pushed his average to .328. In six games against the Tigers this season, Beltre is hitting .652 with eight RBI and he is hitting .470 against Detroit since the start of the 2012 season. Beltre, who reached 2,500 hits with a single on Tuesday now has 2,506 career hits.
Ian Kinsler's week: It started with a wave that miffed starter Colby Lewis and agitated manager Ron Washington and continued with a smattering of boos. Kinsler is having a pretty good time against his former club. He is 4-for-8 in the first two games here with three runs scored, three RBIs, a double, home run and a nifty play in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game (he does also have a throwing error). Kinsler has reached base in 10 of his last 11 games.
Can we get some pitching?: RHP Nick Martinez (1-4, 4.22) will start against the Tigers' Rick Porcello (9-4, 3.76) on Thursday. Martinez pitched well in his last outing, allowing just two runs on three hits in seven innings against the Angles last Saturday. Martinez no-hit the Angles until sixth inning. Martinez was credited with a no-decision as the Rangers lost 3-2 in extra innings.