Infielder Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
Adrian Beltre has yet to find his form, but with a guy like Beltre, with his track record, the Texas Rangers have to let him hit his way out of a season-long slump.
Beltre has been the heart and soul of the Rangers' lineup for the past three seasons — putting up at least 30 homers and 100 RBIs each year while hitting above .300 the past two years and .296 in 2011. His energy and love for the game is contagious and he's a guy you want in the heart of your lineup on a daily basis.
Unfortunately, he had a stint on the 15-day DL just eight days into the season, and he's yet to get going since coming off the DL last weekend.
He's hitting just .254 with a .333 slugging percentage so far. He's yet to go deep and has just six RBIs — not anything close to what the Rangers were hoping or expecting from him.
Don't worry too much, the Rangers are apparently going to tinker with the idea of keeping Beltre in the third hole, which will get him a first-inning at-bat in every game and possibly help him get in the flow. If you could bet on one player to bounce back, it'd be Beltre, even if Beltre is in an advancing age now at 35.