The Rangers offense was held to 4 hits for the third time in three games, resulting in scoring only 2 runs -- the 6th time in 7 games the offense has failed to score more than 4 -- in Saturday's loss to the White Sox.
Nick Martinez allowed 12 base runners in 6 innings -- 6 hits, 3 walks, 3 HBP -- but Chicago managed only 3 runs, which may have been fewer had Elvis Andrus cleanly handled a routine double-play grounder.
Martinez has been my favorite player study on the Rangers in 2015, as his ERA (2.77) remains miles ahead of his expected ERA -- 4.3 FIP/4.91 xFIP/4.69 SIERA -- though, from a start-to-start basis, Nick continues to throw ostensible gems. He's gone at least 5 innings in 12 of his 14 appearances, and at least 6 innings in 11 of 14.
Saturday was a particularly ugly start compared to the majority of his season, but it highlights perfectly the good fortune he's run into.
As for the Rangers... not so much. They've been held down (understandably) by the onslaught of front of the rotation pitching they have recently faced. Yet, even at that Texas has won 4 of 6 and, tomorrow, they have an opportunity to win their 10th series out of their last 11.