In a Friday staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Jeff Baker — The average isn't really there, but it's hard to get in a rhythm when you're playing sparingly. What isn't lacking, however, is Baker's pop, particularly against left-handed pitchers, who he tends to own. Now with Mitch Moreland on the DL, Baker should get in the lineup more often and could turn into a nice source of power while Moreland's on the shelf. He has two homers in the last week.
Adrian Beltre — What can this guy not do? Well, pretty much nothing, although we haven't seen him pitch yet ala David Murphy or Craig Gentry, and hopefully we never will. Playing with a noticeable limp due to his strained hamstring, Beltre has homered in each of the past two nights and is hitting .563 over the last week while getting his season average up to .311, tops among Rangers regulars.
The list here is too long to distinguish as only four Rangers are hitting better than .200 over the past seven days. It's not going well for the Rangers offensively at the moment.