ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 28: Nick Martinez #22 of the Texas Rangers throws in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 28, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
After dropping two of three games in Washington D.C., the Texas Rangers started their nine-game homestand on Tuesday night with a crushing loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
On Wednesday night, Nick Martinez will take the mound for the Rangers looking to bounce back from a rough outing his last time out and help the Rangers start another winning streak like the one they had on their recent season-long 11-game road trip.
Martinez struggled through his last start, which ended up being a Rangers win in a no-decision for Martinez. In that game against Minnesota, Martinez allowed nine hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings. In his two starts prior to that, after moving back to the rotation from the bullpen, Martinez worked 11 innings and allowed one earned run in each of the two games.
On Wednesday, he'll try to work his way back to that kind of pitching as opposed to his struggles last Thursday.
"You have days like that and you have to do what you can to battle," said Martinez, who's 1-1 with a 2.75 ERA in five starts and five relief appearances this year, when speaking to reporters. "You won't always have your best stuff. You have to grind it out and keep the team in it."
Rangers manager Ron Washington praised Martinez after that game on Thursday, in which he kept his team in the game despite not having good stuff. It'd be nice if he can come to Globe Life Park on Wednesday evening with his good stuff and not have to worry about grinding.