ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 16: (L-R) Leonys Martin #2 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers after Martin hit a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington on April 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
In a weekly staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Alex Rios — Once again, Rios is showing up here as he's leading the team's regulars in hitting over the last week with a .348 batting average in the last six games. He's got two doubles, a triple but no homers and has just one long ball on the season that came on Opening Day.
Leonys Martin — Like Rios, Martin is back in this spot. He's been one of the team's most consistent hitters this year and has been the most clutch hitter on the team with runners in scoring position. In his last six games, he's hitting .318 and has three stolen bases.
Matt Harrison — Harrison was great in his return to the majors after more than a year of rehabbing from back surgeries. He worked six innings, giving up two runs on three hits while taking a no-decision in his return to the big-league mound in Seattle.
Neal Cotts — We're reaching panic levels with Cotts, who had a 1.11 ERA a year ago and was one of the game's best relievers. At this point, you almost hope Cotts is injured as that would help explain his struggles. He's now allowed four runs on five hits in his last 1 2/3 innings. Yikes.
Yu Darvish — The Rangers ace is coming off the worst outing of his career, at least the shortest, as he lasted just 3 1/3 innings in Monday's start against his personal demon, the Oakland A's.
Prince Fielder — He's 4-for-22 in his last six games with no extra-base hits and is now on the verge of the worst month of his professional career. Great.