In a Friday staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Yu Darvish — Depending on who you talk to, Wednesday night's game in Anaheim is being discussed as being the best Yu Darvish has looked in his season and change as a Ranger. His stuff was just plain phenomenal and if not for a long layoff when the Rangers were putting up a nine-run inning, he probably could've pitched another inning or two and probably would've ended up with 15 or more strikeouts? As it stood, he struck out 11 in six scoreless innings. He's filthy.
Nelson Cruz — Cruz's exploits have been well documented on this blog in recent days. In the last seven games, he's driven in 12 runs with three home runs. You don't get much hotter than that.
Mitch Moreland — After a horrific start to the season, Moreland is starting to pick it up at the plate and the good sign for him is that he's not just hitting home runs. He's going the other way and putting together solid at-bats that were the hallmark of why he was so promising back in 2010.
Tanner Scheppers — He's now worked 11 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and has yet to give up a run this season. Not bad.
Lance Berkman — After his torrid start, it's hard to be too hard on Berkman's recent mini-slump but over the last seven games he's hitting just .231 and in rare, un-Berkmanlike fashion he's struck out as many times as he's walked.
Elvis Andrus — The Rangers are waiting on their newly locked up shortstop to pick things up at the plate but he's yet to do it so far. He did drive in his first run in a couple of weeks with a two-out RBI double in Thursday's 2-1 win.