It’s no secret that the Rangers have been hot over the last week or so. They head into an important series against the Detroit Tigers. Can Nick Martinez help keep the streak alive?
It was a flawless home-stand for the Texas Rangers, and they now search for their 10th victory in a row on Friday. They head into Comerica Park in Detroit to face off against Daniel Norris and the Tigers tonight.
The starting rotation has been one of the main factors in this long winning streak. Right hander Nick Martinez goes for the Rangers, but he’s seen better days. This season Martinez is 0-2 with a 5.04 ERA in five starts.
The Tigers could be without slugger Miguel Cabrera on Friday which is a huge victory for the Rangers if he’s unable to play. According to Sam Butler, Martinez had this to say about Cabrera possibly being out of the lineup.
"“I’m just going to go about preparing myself for who’s going to be ready, for who’s going to be in the lineup and go about my game plan that way,” Martinez said. “If he’s in the lineup, then we’ll prepare for it. If he’s not in the lineup, then he’s not in the lineup.”"
Whether Cabrera plays or not, the Rangers are going to need to bring their bats on Friday. Norris is 2-2 with a 4.34 ERA in seven starts this season. We could be in for a slug fest in Detroit as both starters have failed to find consistency so far.
The Rangers have lost some key players over the last few weeks, but it just seems to make them stronger. Let’s see if they can pull off ten straight wins on Friday in Detroit.