Jun 25, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Joe Saunders (47) reacts after giving up a double in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Globe Life Park in Arlington . Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Saunders and Shawn Tolleson stock falling

After last night’s lose the Texas Rangers have extended their losing streak to 7 games. The Rangers are looking at their longest losing streak in nearly 9 years.  The last time they lost 8 games in a row was back in the 2005 season (Aug 8 – Aug 16).

Also, the Texas Rangers haven’t had a winning record for a home stand since April 11- April 20.  If they lose today they’ll have a streak of 5 home stand without a winning record.

Say it ain’t so Joe: Last night Joe Saunders was hit hard and often by the Detroit Tigers.  They managed to nail him for 3-runs in the first inning.  But, after that he came back out in the second inning and appeared to calm down a bit.  But, in the third inning the Tigers fought back for 2 more runs giving them a 5-0 lead over the Rangers.

Finally in the 4th the TexasRangers offense showed a spark of life finally.  It was almost enough to start a fire, but the Tigers quickly put that flame out in the 5th inning when they quickly got back 2 of those runs.  In the 5th Victor Martinez homered off of Joe Saunders making it a 6-3 game.

Joe Saunders had appeared to be making a good recovery after his horrible start in April.  Last night he was looking to get his first win of the season, but instead was handed another loss.  He now has a 5.19 ERA  (5.54 for the month of June) and a record of 0-4.  At times Saunders looks pretty good, but last night’s game might be a true reflection of who he really is.  Before this outing his stock was on the rise and it looked like he would finally get a win, but now it’s back down, way down.

Just all it a 4-bagger: Shawn Tolleson was sent in to relieve Joe Saunders in the 5th inning.  He quickly gave up a home run to J.D. Martinez to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead.  That was the 4th time this season he’s give up a home run to the first batter he’s seen.  For the season he’s allowed 10 of 19 inherited runners to score.  That’s nothing to write home about.  He does have a good ERA at 3.52, but it’s mainly because the runners on are being charge to the previous pitcher.

For the month of June Tolleson has a 5.23 ERA, 1.742 WHIP and given up 3 home runs over 11 games/10.1 starts.  All three of those home runs have been to the first batter.

Joe Saunders and Shawn Tolleson stock are both falling and falling quickly.  Saunders and Tolleson both have shown promising signs this year.  Saunders was starting to looking like a decent starter and Tolleson back in May was very solid.  Both have the potential to bounce back.  Tolleson probably has the most potential.

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