June 21, 2005
Passing the Mantle
And the numbers are worthy of Mickey. Vladimir Guerrero has a 25-game hitting streak versus the Texas Rangers. In only 25 games. I fully expect Chan Ho Park, Texas' starting pitcher for Tuesday night's game and a man with a bit of a history against the Angels, to buzz Vlad the Great at some point in the game. Then I expect Vlad to step in and launch one onto the rocks. The details of Guerrero versus Texas are as follows: 10 home runs, 20 RBI, 23 runs, .353 average with an OPS over 1.200.
In truth, Guerrero is only carrying on a tradition of sorts. The previous long-time tenant in right field for the Angels, Tim Salmon, also made it a habit to feast on Rangers pitching. In 150 games, Salmon put up these numbers against Texas: 32 home runs, 114 RBI, 116 runs, .348 with an OPS of 1.054. Just in case you were wondering why the Rangers are not pitching around these guys, here are some of Garret Anderson's career marks when facing Texas: 20 home runs, 109 RBI, with a .309 average in 145 games.
And finally, Bartolo Colon has a record of 7-0 versus the Rangers in his first two seasons with the Angels, and he'll be opposing Park on Tuesday evening.
Posted by Andrew Torres at 7:57 AM