Thanks to Nick Solak’s scorching streak, Rangers found their second hitter
ARLINGTON – There are no more qualifications. It doesn’t matter if a right-hander or a left-hander throws. Nick Solak is the Rangers second hitter.
This is what happens when you are hot.
“He’s in such a good position,” said coach Chris Woodward of Solak, who played the first two-homer game of his career on Tuesday. “I just want him to be up there as many times as possible. His attacks against right and left are just as good. It’s sort of Nick becoming his. He gives us the best at-bats. I want it up there. You want your best guys to be at the top back to back. This gives us a chance to really put some crooked number innings on the board.
Solak started Wednesday as AL’s co-leader in the homestays with seven hits, all struck in the last 19 games. He took a .329 / .397 / .657 / 1.054 slash for 70 at-bats in those 19 games until Wednesday.
Importantly with Angels right-hander Alex Cobb on the mound, Solak crashed into right-hangers this year. He had an OPS of .867 against the righties for the season starting Wednesday. In his first two seasons in the majors, he had an .860 OPS against lefties, but it was only .687 against righties.
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