Jun 3, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Nick Martinez (22) throws during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
1. Nick Martinez
Nick Martinez has had a great season so far with a 2.89 ERA in 65.1 innings over his 11 starts. Martinez picked up the win in four of his first nine starts but has taken the loss in his last two. Martinez had his worst start of the season as he gave up seven runs to the Chicago White Sox in just 3.1 innings, giving him an 18.90 ERA for the game.
Martinez will look to get back on track this week with a schedule start against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. This will be his third start against the Athletics, a team against which he has had success with a 1.38 ERA in 13 innings over two starts. In his only start start at O.co Coliseum he threw 7 shutout innings and picked up the win. Martinez has also had more success on the road than at home this season, with a 1.76 ERA in 30.2 innings compared to 3.89 ERA in 34.2 innings at home.
For the season, starting pitchers for the Texas Rangers have a 19-20 record with a 4.11 ERA , good enough for 16th in baseball. With solid performances from pitchers like Chi Chi Gonzalez and Yovani Gallardo, the Rangers are staying in games and are starting to win them. Martinez should turn it around and I predict at this point next week he will be back on the Hot list after what should be a stellar start.
And now, a look at who has been hot in the past week.
Next: He's turning it around