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Week 9: Continuing the Road Losing Streak + Colorado Rockies Series Preview

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A bad week that was, and now three games in Colorado

Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Season record: 22-33

Week 9 record: 0-6

Series record: 7-10

The Texas Rangers are currently on a 12 game losing streak on the road. In April, Texas really seemed to thrive on the road after losing the Opening Series to Kansas. Or at least play better on the road than the had at home and especially play better on the road in April than they did in May.

In April they played 13 away games and went 6-7. They’re run differential was -3, outscored 70-67. Now that’s still not great but it’s way better than May. In May, they played 16 away games and went 3-13 and had a run differential of -27, outscored 81-54.

June has to be better, while they start with three games in Colorado, they only have 10 away games in the month with a 10-game home stand at the end of the month, so statistically June has to be a better month on the road than May, right?

Then again, I didn’t mean to give you hope and then just immediately snatch it away but Texas is 0-5 this season in inter-league play with a -12 run differential and six of their 10 away games are against A.L West teams in the Colorado Rockies and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

However, going into Tuesday’s game, the Rockies currently have a worse record than the Rangers at 20-34.

Dane Dunning will face the Rockies for the first time in his career, this will be his third inter-league game of his career. He faced the Pirates and Cubs last season and went a combined 9.0 innings pitched, gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks. Germán Márquez will start on Tuesday, it’ll be his third career start against Texas after facing them twice last season. He pitched 11.2 innings in two starts and gave up four runs (three earned) on 11 hits and five walks. In 11 starts this season Márquez is 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 58.1 innings pitched.

On Wednesday, Jordan Lyles and Antonio Senzatela will make the starts for their respective teams. In 50 career games at Coors Field, 20 starts, Lyles has a 5.75 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in 159.2 innings. This will be Senzatela’s first career start against Texas. He’s 1-5 this season with a 4.97 ERA and 1.46 WHIP in 50.2 innings.

Thursday’s series finale will feature Mike Foltynewicz and Jon Gray. Foltynewicz has pitched four games, two starts, in his career at Coors Field. He wasn’t pitched there since 2017 but his career ERA is 9.82 in 11 innings with a 2.27 WHIP in Colorado. Texas faced Gray twice last season, three times overall in his career. Gray has a 4.86 career ERA and 1.08 WHIP against the Rangers in 16.2 innings pitched. This season overall, Gray is 4-5 in 11 starts with a 3.71 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 60.2 innings pitched. It should be noted that his ERA at home, 2.36 is far better than his ERA at home, 6.75.