In a weekly staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Elvis Andrus — He's still kind of a butcher in the field, but at least he's swinging a good bat right now. Over his past six games, he's batting .320 and is tied for the team lead in RBIs in that span with six with fellow infield butcher Rougned Odor.
Ryan Rua — In three games this week, Rua has drawn an assignment, and he's actually performing when given a chance. He has 10 plate appearances in those three games and has a walk and three hits to show for it. He's driven in three runs with the help of two doubles.
Colby Lewis — The veteran righty, who pitched Wednesday night against the Yankees, worked 7 2/3 innings his last time out and allowed two earned runs while striking out nine and walking just one. There's an outside chance he could be dealt before Friday's trade deadline, but here's to hoping that doesn't happen.
Shin-Soo Choo — He's shown his hot streak last week was thanks solely to the Coors Field factor and not an actual uptick in play. In his last five games, he's hitting .158 and has seven strikeouts.
Prince Fielder — He's hitting just .176 in his last six games, but he does have an on-base percentage of .391 in that time with five walks and has added four RBIs, so for him, it's an off week.
Pitching — Other than Sam Freeman, Shawn Tolleson, Lewis and Phil Klein, there isn't a Rangers pitcher — reliever or starter — with an ERA under 7.20 (Nick Martinez's mark) over the last week. That's just awful.