Welcome to a new weekly series, as we’ll take a look at a few Rangers who are on heaters and more who are ice cold in something we’ll call “Who’s Hot? Who’s Not?”
It’s been far from fantastic, but there have been some promising signs over the last week. At the very least, it’s been fun to watch the Rangers’ rag-tag group of 25-and-unders see some success and hover around .500 baseball. Oh, and we’re watching the birth of a superstar, which is pretty rad.
Nomar Mazara — Man, oh man. This has been a fun week to watch the 23-year-old outfielder. Oh, and by the way, he just turned 23 two weeks ago. Mazara, over his last seven games, is sporting a .360/.467/1.040!!! slash with five homers and nine RBIs, including the game-tying and game-winning home run in Wednesday’s extra-innings affair that gave the Rangers their first home series win of the year. He now has 10 home runs and is hitting .294. Oh, and did I mention he just turned 23?
Adrian Beltre — He’s baaaaaack. Our favorite, favorite Ranger was activated from the disabled list with no fanfare or warning on Tuesday afternoon, and all he did was step in and collect three hits in his first game back — no rehab assignment needed. He added another hit on Wednesday and now has four RBIs on four hits in those two games. All is right again.
Delino DeShields — The Rangers’ everyday center fielder and leadoff hitter (it still feels good to type that) has continued his hot streak since returning from his own stint on the DL. In his past seven games, he’s hitting .360 with a .480 on-base percentage. He also tied the club record with four walks in a game on Tuesday. He’s 3-for-3 on stolen bases over the past week, oh, and he’s also playing a mean center field.
Joey Gallo — You’re going to have these stretches with Gallo and his big swing, but at the moment, things aren’t going well for the slugger. In his past six games, he has three hits, and two of those were bombs. That’s all good and well, and he’s never going to bat for a high average, but he has 12 Ks and one walk in that time. No bueno.
Jose Leclerc — There’s been a lot to like and be encouraged by surrounding Leclerc this season, but the last week hasn’t been a highlight. In his four appearances, Leclerc has allowed four runs on three hits and three walks. One bit of silver lining, he does have eight strikeouts in that time and is allowing opposing hitters to hit at just a .167 clip. So the ability to miss bats is very much still there.