OAKLAND -- With nine games to go, Rangers pitchers have a chance to set a new club record for strikeouts. They went into Tuesday's game with 1,106 strikeouts after setting a new record with 1,181 last season. They are striking out 7.31 batters per nine innings this season as opposed to 7.30 last year. The Rangers have allowed 11.60 baserunners per nine innings. It would be only the sixth time in club history they have allowed fewer than 12 baserunners per nine innings and the first time since 1983. The lowest was 11.39 baserunners per nine innings in 1981. Rangers pitchers had a .308 on-base percentage in 1981, the lowest in club history. That was also a strike-shortened season that canceled 57 games. The Rangers have a .309 opponents' on-base percentage this season.
The Rangers' 2.90 walks per nine innings is also the lowest since 1983. It would be just the fifth time the Rangers have walked fewer than three batters per game. They walked 3.41 last season and the club record is 2.60 in 1978.