Texas Rangers Roundup


HOUSTON — The Texas Rangers dropped the first game in a 3-game series against the Houston Astros Friday 4-3. Friday also marked the beginning of the Texas Rangers final 48 games, 33 of which will be against the American League West teams. When the Texas Rangers wrap-up the Astros series on Sunday they will head home and begin a 7-day, 7-game homestand versus the Tampa Bay Rays (4) and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (3). Here is what you need to know in today’s Texas Rangers Roundup.

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  • TEXAS RANGERS: (45-70, .391)

    • Before losing Friday night the Texas Rangers won consecutive games for the first time since 6/27-28
    • The Rangers have lost 35 of 45, marking the 2nd time in teams history to win just 10 games in a 45-game span (1972)
    • Texas has dropped 19.0 games in the standings since June 17 are a season-high 26.0 games behind the A.L. West leader Oakland Athletics
    • The last largest deficit was 31.0 games back to end the 2002 season


    • Friday was the 6th time in 2014 that the Texas Rangers have lost when leading after 7.0 innings, all on the road
    • Rangers had lost only 3 times during same situations in 2013
    • Friday marked the 13th time Texas has lost in the opponent’s final at bat, 11 away from Arlington
    • Texas has outscored the opposition 17-3 over first 3 innings in last 6 games, but are 2-4 in that span
    • In Texas’ last 2 and 7 of their last 8 contests, their losses have been decided by a single run
    • The Texas Rangers are 14-16 overall in one-run contests this season
    • Texas has lost its last 6 road contests by a single run since a win on 6/14 at Seattle Mariners
    • The Texas Rangers are 6-11 overall in one-run away games


    • Texas is 3-7 against the Houston Astros in 2014 and have lost 6 straight since a victory on 5/12 at Houston Astros
    • This is the Rangers’ longest losing streak EVER versus the Astros
    • Texas had gone 39-8 versus the Houston Astros since the start of 2009, never losing consecutive games in that stretch
    • Texas’ .736 (39-14) winning percentage vs. Houston is the highest in any MLB head-to-head matchup in that span (min. of 20 games)
    • Each of the Rangers’ 3 wins versus the Astros in 2014 have been shutouts, for a total of 30.0 innings

    TEAM PITCHING: 2.82 ERA (16 ER/ 51.0 IP) in last 6 Games

    THE STARTERS: 2.09 ERA (9 ER/ 38.2 IP) in last 6 Games

    • Texas’ rotation had 18.2 consecutive scoreless innings until Chris Carter hit a home run off of Miles Mikolas on Friday
    • That was the 2nd longest streak for Texas starters this season (19.1 IP, 6/10-14)
    • Texas starters have allowed one run in 19.2 innings in the last 3 games

    THE RELIEVERS: 5.81 ERA (14 ER/ 21.2 IP) in last 8 Games

    • The Texas Rangers bullpen has now dropped last 8 decisions over 47 games since Neal Cotts earned a win on 6/14 at Seattle Mariners
    • This is the 2nd-longest drought without a relief win in team history to 54 games, 7/1-8/27/1979 (Stats, Inc)


    • J.P. Arencibia has 2 home runs and 6 RBI in last 3G following his 2-run homer on Friday in Houston
    • JPA is batting .298 (14-47) with 5 HR and 18 RBI in his last 13G
    • Arencibia leads ML with 22 RBI and is tied for 1st with 7 HR (Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins) in his 19 games played since the All-Star break
    • He had just one home run and 6 RBI in 20 games with Texas (3/31-5/16) prior to this span


    • The Texas Rangers have 8 home runs in last 3 games and has homered in 4 straight games (9 total HR)
    • Derek Holland will make his 3rd rehab start tonight for Frisco (AA), his two previous outings have come on 7/30 for Frisco (2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R) and 8/4 for Round Rock (AAA) vs. Memphis (1.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R-ER)


    TEXAS RANGERS: RHP Yu Darvish (10-6, 2.82)

    1. Shin-Soo Choo, DH
    2. Elvis Andrus, SS
    3. Mike Carp, LF
    4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
    5. Jim Adduci, RF
    6. J.P. Arencibia, 1B
    7. Leonys Martin, CF
    8. Geovany Soto, C
    9. Rougned Odor, 2B

    HOUSTON ASTROS: RHP Scott Feldman (5-8, 4.13)

    1. Robbie Grossman, RF
    2. Jason Castro, C
    3. Chris Carter, DH
    4. Marc Krauss, LF
    5. Jon Singleton, 1B
    6. Matt Dominguez, 3B
    7. Marwin Gonzalez, SS
    8. Jake Marisnick, CF
    9. Gregorio Petit, 2B