Thursday, June 24, 2010
Young Leads Rangers to 10th Straight; Dickey 6-0 for Mets
Players of the Day for Wednesday, June 23, 2010 American League If the Rangers keep hitting the ball the way they have been, ten-game win streaks - like the one they're currently on - will become commonplace occurrences. Texas pounded a hopelessly-overmatched Pittsburgh team, 13-3, extending the longest winning streak in the majors to 10 games while maintaining a 3 1/2 game bulge over the Angels in the AL West. This game was over early as the Rangers scored all of their runs in the first four innings, led by Michael Young's exceptional 3-for-4 effort. Young, one of baseball's premier hitters, homered in his first-inning at bat, launching his 10th of the season, a two-run shot. He then singled and scored in the 3rd and doubled in a pair and scored again in the 4th inning. After that, he took a seat on the bench, his team comfortably ahead, his .315 batting average intact, along with his 49 RBI. Texas' 10 straight wins have all come against NL squads (Milwaukee, Florida, Houston, Pittsburgh), but they've been solid in both the hitting and pitching departments, outscoring their opponents 64-28 over that span. The Rangers look to extend their streak and complete their third straight series sweep Thursday night in Arlington. National League The Mets keep crowding Atlanta at the top of the NL East standings. Thanks to eight innings of shutout ball by R.A. Dickey, who improved his record to 6-0 in the Mets' 5-0 win over Detroit, Atlanta's lead is down to a scrawny 1/2 game. Dickey, who has only had seven starts this season, has been one of the Mets' most reliable hurlers. After losing his first start - May 19 - at Washington, Dickey has recorded a win in each start after that and is carrying a solid 2.33 ERA. Thursday's 8 innings were the deepest he's gone into a game, and the fur hits allowed the lowest total of his season. Dickey walked two batters and struck out four. He recorded 14 ground outs and retired just 5 batters on flies. The mets can claim first place in the division on Thursday with a win and an Atlanta loss. The Mets are looking for a three-game home sweep of the Tigers while the Braves try to avoid being swept by the White Sox in Chicago.