In a weekly staple, we'll discuss who's in a groove and who's in a rut for the Texas Rangers.
Nomar Mazara — Really? Hits in his first three games. Two sprawling catches on Tuesday night to take away big hits and a monster shot to dead-center field in his big-league debut — that's a short synopsis of Mazara's first week in the majors. The 20-year-old has been outstanding since being thrust right into the No. 2 spot in the order for the injured Shin-Soo Choo and he has made it look easy.
Adrian Beltre — Beltre has been a monster on the Rangers' road trip, and over the past seven games, he's hitting .357 with two homers, five doubles and seven RBIs. The usual slow starter is off to a big one this year, and that's been huge for a jump-started offense.
Ryan Rua — With the Rangers' injuries, he's getting more and more playing time, and he's capitalizing. In his four games this year, he's hitting .375 with six hits, including a double.
Bullpen — After rough debuts, Tony Barnette and Tom Wilhelmsen have been lights out. They haven't allowed a run in their last combined 4 2/3 innings and Phil Klein, of all people, has been lights out.
Ian Desmond — The converted outfielder's start to his Rangers tenure hasn't gone well so far. He's hitting just .111 with three hits (all singles) and nine strikeouts over his last seven games.
Mitch Moreland — He got a night off on Tuesday and in his last five games he's fanned 10 times with no walks. Not pretty.