The Texas Rangers are in a free fall, and that includes their longest road losing streak in 11 years.
Facing Bartolo Colon may not help.The Rangers attempt to snap their 10-game away slide Saturday night when they face Colon and the New York Mets in the middle game of this series.Texas (37-49) reached the postseason for three straight years before falling short despite 91 wins in 2013. The Rangers don't look anything like a playoff team this year, as their record is only better than Houston in the AL.They've lost 12 of 14 overall and 10 straight on the road for the first time since a 12-game skid in 2003.Texas is struggling in every facet during its road slide, hitting .227 and averaging 3.0 runs per game while its starting pitchers have compiled a 7.01 ERA."One day the pitching is really good, and one day the offense isn't helping," Shin-Soo Choo said. "Right now, everything bad is coming together at the same time."The issues on the mound were evident Friday. Ace Yu Darvish gave up three runs in the first inning en route to a 6-5 loss to the Mets (38-48), who lost starter Jonathon Niese after 12 pitches to a bruised lower back sustained when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Alex Rios.Now, the Rangers will have to contend with Colon (8-6, 3.88 ERA), who has won four straight starts at home behind a 1.21 ERA with 32 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings.The 41-year-old right-hander had won six straight decisions with a 1.58 ERA over seven starts before struggling in a 5-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday. He allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings.Colon is 3-2 with a 2.20 ERA in his last six starts against Texas, winning the most recent 1-0 with Oakland on Sept. 14 by scattering seven hits in eight innings.It's unclear if New York will have David Wright back after he missed a seventh straight game with a sore left shoulder. However, rookie Eric Campbell is 13 for 28 (.464) in place of the All-Star third baseman after going 3 for 3 with one RBI on Friday.He's 7 for 13 with three doubles in four interleague games.Travis d'Arnaud is hitting .303 in nine games since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. Considered one of the most promising catchers in baseball, d'Arnaud was batting .180 before his demotion, but gained some confidence with the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth Friday."Felt really good," d'Arnaud said. "I just try to keep my mind at ease and keep everything simple and not overstress myself, and that's been paying off."The Rangers are turning to Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71), who is trying to build on his first quality start of the season. The right-hander allowed two runs and matched his season high with eight strikeouts in six innings before leaving without a decision in Sunday's 3-2 loss to Minnesota.Lewis is 4-1 in six road starts despite a 4.64 ERA. He's been tagged for 11 runs and 19 hits over 11 innings in his last two away from Texas after compiling a 2.86 ERA in his first four road outings.Interleague play hasn't been kind this season to Lewis, who is 0-2 with a 9.42 ERA in three starts against the NL. He'll be facing the Mets for the first time since a relief appearance with Oakland at Shea Stadium on June 24, 2007.
Adrian Beltre's HR tonight was the 6th of his career against Bartolo Colon, the most he's hit against any major league pitcher. Only Álex Rodríguez (8) has more career HR against Colon.
Beltre has now hit home runs in 4 of his last 5 games against the Mets, dating back to 2011. He hit just 2 in his previous 48 career games against the Mets.
Adrian Beltre is hitting .333 in at-bats ending with a fastball this season, which is 43 points above the league average among qualified hitters. Bartolo Colon leads all qualified starters by throwing his fastball 82.3 percent of the time.