In a weekly staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Kyle Blanks — In the last six games, which spans Blanks' entire tenure with the Rangers, the big first baseman is hitting .391 and is slugging .826, numbers that aren't sustainable but sure are fun to see at the moment. He has three home runs in that time — enough to lead the team for the season.
Prince Fielder — Stop me if you've seen this one before — Prince Fielder is swinging a hot bat for the Rangers in 2015. OK, I stopped. This has pretty much become the weekly Prince Fielder update, but over the last six he's hitting .348 with three doubles, a homer and three RBIs.
Shin-Soo Choo — This is a big deal, because Choo was the worst hitter in baseball for a month, but he's starting to turn his fortunes around. In his last five games, he has six hits, and they're all for extra bases — five doubles and a homer with four RBIs.
Rougned Odor — In six games, some as a starter and some as a bench bat, Odor is hitting .136 (3-for-22) and has an RBI. There has been talk about sending him down the minors, which would probably be a good thing for the 21-year-old who was rushed up to the bigs last year as a 20-year-old. Pitchers have a book on the free-swinger now, and it's showing.
Shawn Tolleson — The Allen native has struggled after a great start and a spectacular 2014 season. In his last two games, he's given up four earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings. He's also allowed a walk and a homer in that span.