The Texas Rangers are returning home to Arlington for a quick series with the Detroit Tigers before headed back out on the road for another road trip. Texas will be looking to extend their winning streak to six games on Monday night, as a four game sweep over the Cleveland Indians has run their current streak to five.
Colby Lewis, who appears to be past his early season struggles, will take the mound for the Rangers. Lewis' last outing, throwing eight scoreless innings en route to a win against the Rays, evened up his record at 5-5. Lewis is also the owner of a 3.48 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and .237 BAA - all very respectable numbers, especially given the rough start to the season Lewis had.
Lewis was downright awful in April, allowing 10 home runs in just 30 innings, helping inflate his ERA to 5.70. Lewis' command also wasn't there, either, as he walked 11 in 30 innings.
Ever since, Lewis has been great, giving up just 10 earned runs in 45 innings, striking out 35 and walking nine. Further, Lewis has only given up three homers in that same span.
Texas' offense will get to face Max Scherzer for the Tigers on Monday night. Scherzer has allowed seven earned runs in each of his past two starts, giving up 16 hits combined in eight and two thirds innings between the two starts. Thanks to that, Scherzer owns a solid 6-2 record, but a 4.38 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. Scherzer can miss bats, though, as he's struck out 68 batters in 72 innings this year.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT.