May 12, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (73) looks up after hitting a home run during the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers Roundup - May 13, 2014

HOUSTON, Tex. – The Texas Rangers defeated the Houston Astros on Monday 4-0. The Texas Rangers are now 3-1 versus the Houston Astros this season. They continue their 3-game series tonight, followed by game three tomorrow night. After a 2-game series with the Seattle Mariners next week the Rangers won’t play another American League West team until a 9-game roadtrip, where they will face all the division teams. Here is your Rangers Roundup.

TEXAS RANGERS: (20-19, .513)

  • Texas Rangers enter today tied for the 5th-best record in the American League
  • The Rangers are currently tied with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for 3rd place
  • Texas is just 0.5 GB 2nd place Seattle Mariners and still 4.0 GB of 1st place Oakland Athletics (Let’s go boys, we can beat those A’s!)
  • The Texas Rangers are 12-8 against A.L. West clubs this season, including 7-3 on the road
  • Texas went 53-23 (.697) against A.L. West foes last year, it was the best record and most wins by any ML team since moving to 3-division leagues in 1994
  • The Texas Rangers currently hold the 4th-highest A.L. batting average on the road at .266 (162-610)

COLBRA STRIKES:

  • Colby Lewis logged a season-best 8 strikeouts last night
  • Lewis is now 4-0 with a 1.07 ERA (4 ER/33.2 IP) over 6 games/4 starts in his career at MM Park

HEY ‘ROOK:

  • Nick Martinez pitched 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen last night
  • Martinez now has an 11.1 scoreless innings streak
  • His 2.11 ERA is the 4th-lowest among ML rookies with at least 20.0 IP
  • Nick Martinez has worked 10.1 scoreless innings as a reliever, the most relief innings without a run allowed in ML this season

GOOD WITH LEFTIES:

  • Texas Rangers are 3rd in the A.L. with a .288 (121-420) average versus LHP
  • Texas has won 3 of last 5 and 5 of last 9 games versus left-handed starters
  • Alex Rios is 14-for-his-last 29 with 5 doubles, 2 triples and a homer vs. LHP and has the 4th-highest average vs. lefties in the A.L. (.422)
  • Shin-Soo Choo is 6th in the A.L.  with a .395 vs. LHP

ALL ABOUT ROOGIE:

  • Rougned Odor blasted his first major league homer (431 ft.) last night (Roogie also drove in his first career RBI)
  • Odor at just 20 years, 98 days old is only one of four players as young as him to have hit a home run as a second baseman in the majors over the last 50 years: Jurickson Profar, Roberto Alomar and Danny Ainge (According to Elias Sports Bureau)
  • Roogie also became the youngest player EVER to homer at MM Park, beating out Elvis Andrus by 171 days
  • Rougned Odor’s solo-home run (431 ft.) beat Adrian Beltre‘s homer (392 ft.) last night at Minute Maid Park

GOT CAUGHT:

  • Robinson Chirinos threw out 2 of 3 would-be basestealers last night and 9 of 20 overall this season
  • Chirinos’ 9 caught stealings match Detroit Tigers’ Alex Avila for the ML-lead
  • His 45.0 caught stealing percentage leads the A.L. and is 2nd in the majors behind St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina (46.7%)
  • Robinson Chirinos has caught for 6 of the Rangers’ 9 shutouts this season

WELL BLANK:

  • Texas Rangers’ shutout over the Houston Astros last night was the MLB-high 9th SHO of the season, 3 more than ANY other team
  • The Texas Rangers need just one more shutout to match the club’s shutout total for the ENTIRE 2013 season!
  • In Monday’s shutout the Rangers blanked the Astros on 11 hits
  • It was the first time for the Texas Rangers to shut out an opponent on as many as 11 hits since 4/28/1994 vs. Toronto Blue Jays (11)
  • It was the first big league 11-hit shutout since Cleveland Indians at Detroit Tigers on 9/1/2013
  • Texas also issued 3 walks to record their first SHO with as many as 14 baserunners since 8/8/2007 at Minnesota Twins

MLB SCORING CH-CH-CHANGES:

  • On April 25 at Seattle Mariners, a ground ball by Cole Gillespie that was originally scored a misplayed grounder error on Adrian Beltre has been changed to a hit for Gillespie.
  • On April 28 versus Oakland Athletics, a ground ball by Robinson Chirinos that was originally scored a single to SS has been changed to an error on Jed Lowrie.

TONIGHT’S LINEUPS:

TEXAS RANGERS: LHP Matt Harrison (1-0, 2.87)

HOUSTON ASTROS: LHP Dallas Keuchel (3-2, 3.68)

ON DECK FOR TOMORROW:

  • RHP Nick Tepesch (first start in 2014) vs. RHP Scott Feldman (2-1, 1.93)
  • You can tune in to FSSW/ 103.3 FM/ 1540 AM at 7:10 p.m. (CDT)
  • Texas Rangers have an OFF DAY Thursday

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