Getty Images/NBC 5 News
Alex Rios, 2014 Texas Rangers
In a weekly staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Adrian Beltre/Alex Rios — For nearly a month now, the two hottest hitters in the American League are back to back in the Rangers' order, yet, the team is struggling to score runs. In the last week alone, Rios is hitting .500 with a double, two triples and three RBIs. Beltre is batting .429 with two doubles, two homers and eight RBIs over that same span.
Joakim Soria — The Rangers' closer is 2-for-2 in save opportunities this week and has pitched three shutout innings while allowing just two hits and fanning five batters.
Young middle infielders — Luis Sardinas and Rougned Odor are 21 and 20, respectively, and have been two of the best hitters on the team over the last week, hitting .500 and .385, respectively.
Shin-Soo Choo — He's now 1-for-24 in his last seven games. He is drawing walks and getting hit by pitches, so it's not a complete lost cause, but Choo is in a really bad way right now.
Leonys Martin — Entering this current homestand, Martin was great at home. This homestand has treated him far differently, as he's now hitting just .158 in his last seven games and he was lifted in a key situation late in Tuesday's game for Dan Robertson.