Derek Holland #45 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Oakland Athletics at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 24, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.
In a Friday staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Adrian Beltre — Nothing new here. This guy is pretty much always hot. Take away the first month of the season, and Beltre might have even better numbers. He's 9-for-20 with a homer, five walks and is tied for the team lead over the last seven games with five RBIs. He's a strong candidate for August AL Player of the Month after taking the honor for July.
Craig Gentry — Gentry is 3-for-10 in his last six games, most of that time coming in pinch-hitting opportunities, but he's about to start getting more starts with the Rangers facing a string of lefties. Over those six games, Gentry has scored six runs and has a homer with four RBIs and one stolen base.
Derek Holland — Continuing his career season, Holland has pitched 13 innings in his last two outings and has given up just two earned runs while fanning 11.
Tanner Scheppers — The up-and-down set-up man had about the worst outing you could ever have in relief on Wednesday night when he hit a guy to walk the bases loaded and then hit the next batter in the face to allow the game-tying run in the eighth inning. His and Robbie Ross' inconsistency is growing into a pretty major concern even for what is a deep bullpen.
Jurickson Profar — The 20-year-old rookie has as many strikeouts as hits in his last 20 at-bats and could probably ideally still use some minor-league at-bats, but Profar has shown he has the mental makeup and the ability to be in the bigs, so the Rangers are leaving him in the fire.