Chris Davis as the Rangers’ first baseman: six home runs, 12 RBI in 61 at-bats.
Every other Rangers’ first baseman in 2008 (Chris Shelton, Frank Catalanotto, Ben Broussard, Jason Botts, Max Ramirez): six home runs, 27 RBI in 283 at-bats.
Davis, aside from the six home runs: three doubles and three singles.
Said Ron Washington after the game, when asked about Davis’s job security in light of Hank Blalock’s expected return in a week:
“Chris Davis is safe. Chris Davis is safe. Chris Davis is safe.”
Some writers who were in the room for Washington’s remarks are speculating that he was referring not to what will happen with the lineup a week from now, but rather the bigger picture. Make of it what you will.
Luis Mendoza in 22.2 innings coming into tonight’s game: 10 strikeouts.
Mendoza in six outstanding innings tonight: eight strikeouts.
Ian Kinsler’s 23-game hit streak ties Michael Young’s — not just as the Rangers’ best in 2008, but the best in the major leagues this year.
Young, now sporting a 13-game streak of his own, has nine multi-hit games out of 12.
After a 3-for-4 night on June 30, I wrote: “Best Michael Young has looked at the plate all year? Maybe. When he’s locked in, he drills lasers to right field, and when he starts drilling lasers to right field with a little consistency, you know he’s about to go on a tear.”
Young is 22 for 44 since then.
Texas will face John Danks — who has five straight quality starts (2-0, 1.11) — on Saturday night, hoping to get to five games over .500.