ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 04: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers hits a RBI sacrifice in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 4, 2014 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
In a weekly staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Elvis Andrus — After a horrendous start to the season, the Rangers' big-money shortstop and No. 2 hitter is starting to come around. Over the last seven games, Andrus is hitting .393 with four doubles and an RBI. He also is the owner of a 10-game hitting streak.
Alex Rios — Rios has been the most consistent hitter on the team, with the possible exception of Shin-Soo Choo, this season. The right fielder is hitting .304 with a double, a triple and three RBIs over the last seven games.
Yu Darvish — He's getting a break by pushing his next start back from Wednesday to Friday after a season-high pitch count in a game that was almost a perfect game, then almost a no-hitter, and now a two-hitter based on Wednesday's scoring change. Either way, he struck out 12 and pitched 8 2/3 shutout innings against Boston.
Martin Perez/Matt Harrison — Both are coming off awful outings, and both are most likely headed to the disabled list, possibly for extended periods of time. Ouch.
Shin-Soo Choo — Possibly the best Rangers' best offensive player this year, Choo is in a bad way right now. He's hitting just .185 over the last week with 13 strikeouts and only two walks.
Adrian Beltre — Beltre has two doubles and two homers in the last seven games. Other than those, he has one hit in that timespan for a yucky .185 batting average over the last week.