Rangers' hitters set to face flurry of right-handers

Rangers' hitters set to face flurry of right-handers

WASHINGTON -- The Rangers haven't faced a left-handed starting pitcher since Mark Buehrle of the Blue Jays on May 17. That streak is expected to continue into the upcoming homestand for at least another week against the Orioles and the Indians.

The O's have only one left-hander in their rotation, and the Rangers are not expected to see Wei-Yen Chen during the three-game series that starts on Tuesday. He is scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Astros. Instead, the Rangers are expected to see right-handers Bud Norris, Ubaldo Jimenez and Miguel Gonzalez.

The Indians' rotation is set up for right-handers Trevor Bauer, Josh Tomlin and Justin Masterson to pitch the first three games of their four-game series. At that point, if everything holds up, the Rangers would have faced 20 straight right-handed pitchers since Buehrle.

The Rangers are 8-9 this season when facing a left-handed starter.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.