ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 25: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers hits a single in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Already on pace for a career season in just about every offensive category, Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has taken it to another level recently. While the Rangers' lineup has started to come out of its two-month slumber since the calendar turned its page to August, Andrus has been ridiculously hot.
He added three more hits to his season total on Wednesday in the Rangers' 10-9 victory over the Boston Red Sox and now has a nice 7-game hitting streak going — or every game in August, if you prefer to look at it that way.
In fact, in all but two of those games, Andrus has multiple hits, as he's not hitting .441 in August and has raised his season average to .299 after ending July wth a .286 average. He's also scored five runs and driven in eight in those seven games.
Andrus is under contract through the 2014 season, and at 23 years old he's already arguably right up there with Josh Hamilton as the face of the Rangers. It used to be a safe assumption that Elvis would end up going to New York to take over for Derek Jeter, but with the Rangers' recent success, he could be an Arlington lifer.