Say it ain't so, Joe: Rangers lineup has history of success against Saunders


Buck Showalter

has put his team's playoff hopes in the hands of veteran left-hander

Joe Saunders

, who has been tabbed to start tonight's do-or-die

American League

wild-card playoff game at

Rangers Ballpark


By now, Saunders' career struggles at Rangers Ballpark -- an 0-6 record with a 9.38 ERA in six starts -- are well documented. We also know that Saunders, who has made most of his starts against the


as a member of the

Los Angeles Angels

in the

AL West

, has pitched well with the Orioles, going 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts.

But breaking down the Rangers' likely starting lineip against the left-handed Saunders, Texas hits a robust .364 (43-for-118) against the 31-year-old veteran. They've hit nine homers against Saunders and six different players have career averages better than .300 against Saunders. Both

Ian Kinsler


Michael Young

have had sustained success against the Saunders. Here's how that breaks down by player:

Ian Kinsler: .417, 10-for-24, 2 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBIs, 3 BB

Elvis Andrus

: .400, 2-for-5, 1 BB, 2 SB

Josh Hamilton

: .400, 4-for-10, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 BB

Adrian Beltre

: .280, 7-for-25, 3 2B, 5 RBIs, 4 K

Nelson Cruz

: .300, 6-for-20, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 K

Michael Young: .357, 10-for-28, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 4 BB, 6 K

Mike Napoli

: Never faced

Geovany Soto

: .667, 4-for-6, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBIs, 2 BBDavid Gentry: Never faced