06/13/10 7:40 PM EST
Young chases Texas hits mark in Florida
By Spencer Fordin / MLB.com
Young, who is already the team's career leader in multihit games, has been on a serious tear of late. Young has an eight-game hitting streak and has nine hits in his past 21 at-bats, drawing him even closer to Rodriguez.
"It will be nice when it's over," said Young, who has spent his entire big league career with Texas. "I think I've done a decent job of just focusing on what my at-bat means in the game. But it will be nice to get it. It means a lot."
Young also stands second on the Texas charts in doubles (331) and fourth in runs (862), and he's right in the thick of a lineup that has been battering opponents into submission. The Rangers have won five of their last six games, but to continue their momentum, they'll have to overcome a trend that has seen them go 5-10 in their previous 15 road games.
Texas will send erratic starter C.J. Wilson to the hill on Tuesday, and he'll hope to get back on the roll that started his season. The southpaw threw seven consecutive quality starts to open the year, but he has just one in his previous five rotation turns. Wilson has won two straight starts, but he's seen his ERA more than double (from 1.48 to 3.52) in his past five outings.
The Marlins, meanwhile, will counter with one of the best starters in the Major Leagues. Josh Johnson has been sublime in recent weeks, logging 42 innings in his past six starts and allowing a total of two earned runs. Johnson went 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA in May and has gone 2-0 with a 0.60 mark in June, vaulting near the top of the league leader board.
Johnson stands third in the NL in ERA, behind Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimenez and Cardinals rookie Jaime Garcia. The right-hander has yet to allow more than one home run in a game, but he's had more walks than strikeouts three times. Johnson hasn't allowed more than three earned runs since Opening Day, and his only loss since then was of the 1-0 variety.
Rangers: Offense surging
Young is hardly the only Texas regular swinging a hot bat, as three Rangers (Josh Hamilton, Vladimir Guerrero and Julio Borbon) have hitting streaks of at least 10 games. Hamilton, a former National League Rookie of the Year, has a 10-game hit streak -- batting .405 (15-for-37) over that tear -- and has homered in four of the previous five games.
Guerrero, the team's metronomic cleanup hitter, has taken advantage of being wedged between Young and Hamilton. Guerrero has hit in 11 consecutive games, batting .348 (16-for-46) over the span.
Borbon has been the hottest of the trio, batting .474 (18-for-38) in his previous 11 games and raising his average 50 points (from .233 to .285).
Marlins: Coghlan on a tear
Chris Coghlan took an 0-for-3 collar on Sunday to snap a 12-game hitting streak, but it's interesting to see how far he's come in two months. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year hit .195 in April, but he's been unstoppable in June. Coghlan went into Sunday with the league's highest June on-base percentage (.574), then he walked twice.
Florida's left fielder has multihit games in nine of his previous 12 starts, and he's raised his batting average from .210 at the start of the current homestand to a .278 mark heading into the Texas series. If you track it back a little further, Coghlan's success still stands out. He's hit safely in 30 of his last 36 games, batting .340 over that span.
Rookie outfielder Mike Stanton will be making his home debut, after going 7-for-19 (.368) with one double and one triple in his first five games in the big leagues. ... The Marlins own to the best all-time NL winning percentage (.542) -- and eighth-best among big league teams -- in Interleague Play. ... Florida reserve Wes Helms hit his first home run since September 2, 2009, on Saturday. And then, wasting no time, he homered again on Sunday. ... Florida southpaw Nate Robertson moved to the bullpen temporarily but will be back in the rotation for Friday's game against Tampa Bay. ... Florida reliever Renyel Pinto, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left hip, may be activated for Tuesday's game. ... The Rangers are 23-11 at home and 12-17 on the road this season. ... Texas is 21-2 when leading after seven innings.
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