OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 22: Alex Rios #51 of the Texas Rangers is congratulated by teammates after he scored against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the third inning at O.co Coliseum on April 22, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
In a weekly staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Alex Rios — There might not be a hotter hitter in baseball at the moment. Over his past seven games, he's hitting .516 with four doubles, two triples and five RBIs and has scored eight runs. He's been one of the most consistent hitters for the Rangers all year, but now his teammates are starting to join him.
Rougned Odor — Wow. What can you say about this 20-year-old prospect. Hopefully it's not fool's gold, but it seems Odor isn't at all intimidated by the big stage despite the fact he's the youngest player in the majors right now. He's hitting .474 over his last five games with two doubles, two triples and a team-high six RBIs over that span.
Neal Cotts — After a rough start to the season that seemed he might not make it to this point, Cotts has turned things around and resembled the pitcher that put up a 1.11 ERA last season in nearly 70 innings of work. Over his last three appearances in the last week, Cotts has a 0.00 ERA and has given up just three hits while striking out three.
Michael Choice — In his last six games, he's hitting just .182 and it's becoming more obvious that while he's shown flashes of brilliance, he's just not ready to be an everyday major-leaguer and would be best-served playing every day in Round Rock.
Leonys Martin — Over the last week, he's hitting just .208 and continuing his trend of this year of being on a rollercoaster with hot and cold streaks.
Robbie Ross Jr. — Since being demoted to the bullpen, Ross has worked 3 1/3 innings and has allowed six hits and two runs for an opponents' batting average of .429. Ouch.