SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 08: Craig Gentry #23 of the Texas Rangers hits an RBI single against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of an interleague game at AT&T Park on June 8, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
In a Friday staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Matt Garza — After arriving in Texas late Monday night, Garza made his debut on Wednesday and lived up to all the hype, going 7 1/3 innings with just an unearned run on his ledger and no walks. He showed his competitive fire and seemingly rallied the troops, at least for one night.
Craig Gentry — The center fielder who had seemingly been relegated to back-up duty has taken advantage of Leonys Martin's slump and is 4-for-10 in his last four games with three doubles. He's also had some good plays in the field. Martin is the team's starter, there's no question, but Gentry is staying in the conversation.
Bullpen — We keep saying, but wow, this unit is strong. If the Rangers are fortunate to get into the postseason, look out because the bullpen could carry the team. Other than Joe Nathan's blown save Tuesday, the rest of the Rangers' pen has thrown 17 2/3 innings in the last seven days and hasn't given up an earned run.
Martin Perez — The rookie lefty struggled his last time out against Baltimore, and needs to rebound on Friday night when he starts the opener in Cleveland. In his previous start, Perez fell victim to nine hits and four earned runs in just more than six innings.
Mitch Moreland — The Rangers first baseman is still struggling to get back to where he was before going on the disabled list in early June. Since returning, he's been putrid at the plate. Since the all-star break, Moreland is hitting just .080.