Jake Smolinski #20 of the Texas Rangers hits a RBI double off of relief pitcher Josh Zeid #61 of the Houston Astros for his first Major League hit in the bottom of the seventh inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 8, 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.
Jake Smolinski — Since coming up early last week, Smolinski has taken the bigs by storm in his first shot at the majors as a 25-year-old. The left fielder has dazzled in the field a couple of times, and he's hitting .455 over his last four games while leading the team with four RBIs in that span.
Adrian Beltre — It never stops. One of the Rangers' two all-stars this season, Beltre has been phenomenal and is the American League leader in batting average at the break. He's batting .357 with a homer and two RBIs in the last four games.
Alex Rios — Rios has matched Beltre, as both are 5-for-14 in their last four games. Rios has three RBIs, trailing only Smolinski in the last four games.
Shin-Soo Choo — Once again, Choo is ice cold. In the last four games before the break, the Rangers' leadoff hitter is batting just .071. Yikes.
Elvis Andrus — After getting warmer recently, Andrus stumbled into the break and needed the time off just about more than anyone else. The embattled shortstop is just 2-for-12 in the last four games and has struggled in the field, as well.
Colby Lewis — The veteran will look to bounce back from the worst start in Rangers history his last time out when he lasted just 2 1/3 innings against the Angels and gave up 13 runs (11 earned) on 13 hits.