St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina watches as Texas Rangers' Mitch Moreland hits a home run during the third inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
In a Friday staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Mitch Moreland — Moreland might be one of the game's hottest hitters over the past 17 or 18 games. In the past six games, the lefty first baseman is hitting .435 with three homers and four RBIs and hit fifth in the order on Wednesday in a National League park. With Lance Berkman returning to the fold, he won't hit fifth but he probably won't be hitting eighth either.
Elvis Andrus — Andrus is joining Kinsler atop the Rangers lineup as a hot bat, hitting .370 in his last six games with two doubles and five runs scored after a slow start to the season following his big contract extension on April Fool's Day.
Adrian Beltre — In his past six games, Beltre hasn't gone yard, but he's starting to hit the ball and isn't so all-or-nothing like he was earlier in the year. He's hitting .360 over that span and leads the team with six RBIs.
Derek Holland — Have a guess who leads the Rangers in starter's ERA? It's not Yu Darvish. It is Derek Holland.
Nelson Cruz — After a scorching start to the season, Cruz is now 4-for-23 over his last six games, good for a .174 batting average over that time.
David Murphy — The Rangers are still waiting to see the Murphy they saw over the second half of last season when he became an everyday outfielder. Over his last five starts, he's hitting just .250 and has had some questionable defensive play in left field.