In a weekly staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Shin-Soo Choo — In his last six games, the new Rangers leadoff man is playing the role quite well and setting the table for the heart of the batting order. Choo is hitting .364 with a .423 on-base percentage over that time. He has a double, a triple, three RBIs and has scored four runs. Well done.
Alex Rios — With Adrian Beltre possibly out of the lineup for a while, Rios will most likely assume the cleanup spot in the Rangers' order, and so far he's hitting like a cleanup man. Over his past six games, Rios is hitting .348 but has just one extra-base hit. Hits are hits, but some pop would be nice.
Elvis Andrus — The Rangers' No. 2 hitter has a hit in every game so far this season and is hitting .333 over his last six games with of course a big home run on Sunday to salvage a win against the Tampa Bay Rays in Yu Darvish's stellar season debut.
Prince Fielder — Despite his 2-for-5 game on Tuesday with two RBIs and a double, he's still in a massive funk at the plate. Over his past six games, Fielder is hitting .167 with a double and no homers.
Leonys Martin — After a hot start to the season, which saw him lead the team with four RBIs after the opening homestand, Martin has cooled off in a big way. In his last five games, Martin is hitting .167 with two RBIs, five strikeouts and one walk.