Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers scores on a hit by Josh Hamilton in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on September 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.
In a Friday staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Ian Kinsler — Off to one of his typical hot starts, Ian Kinsler is showing signs he might be on an extended hot streak this year by doing things like going the other way and even taking the occasional walk. Over the last seven days, Kinsler is hitting .423 with five doubles and four RBIs.
Mitch Moreland — In his last six games, Moreland is hitting .400 and has raised his season average by almost 100 points in a streak that has now extended to nearly two weeks after an awful start to his season. He's got four doubles, three RBIs and two walks in the last seven days.
Justin Grimm — Including Thursday's tough-luck loss, Grimm has pitched 13 2/3 innings in his last two starts with a 1.98 ERA, 13 strikeouts and four walks, helping him earn AL Rookie of the Month honors for April.
Adrian Beltre — Beltre has yet to find his groove and is in the worst stretch he's ever had as a Ranger, hitting just .125 over the last seven days and .215 on the season. He homered on Thursday but then failed twice with runners in scoring position — once with the bases loaded — to give Grimm some run support in the Rangers' 3-1 loss.
Nelson Cruz — This is the Cruz we know. Hot as fire for a couple of weeks and then coming down crashing to Earth. Over the last seven days, he's hitting .200 with nine strikeouts in just six games.