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?”
The last week of Rangers baseball has been a good one. That’ll happen when you win four straight series. Let’s get to the fun!
*Disclaimer: The bullpen has been awesome. But let’s add some diversity to our three hot spots.
Shin-Soo Choo — Forty games is a lot of games. It didn’t take long on Wednesday for the veteran outfielder/DH to extend his on-base streak to 40 games after extending it to 39 in his final at-bat on Tuesday. Choo has been remarkable all year, but he’s on a huge tear now. In his last six games, Choo is batting .400 with a .483 on-base percentage. He also has a 1.123 OPS during that time. He has three doubles, a homer and five RBIs in that time.
Robinson Chirinos — In four games over the past week, Chirinos is batting .462 with a .563 on-base percentage. He has two doubles and leads the team over the past week with two homers and also has the team lead with six RBIs.
Mike Minor — That three-year deal? Yeah, it’s looking a little better now. Minor flirted with perfection on Wednesday night and now has 13 innings of work in his last two starts and he’s allowed a combined one run and four hits in that time.
Joey Gallo — After what looked to be a breakout year in 2017, Gallo has taken a pretty large step back in 2018. Yeah, he’s hitting the ball out of the yard, but that’s literally all he’s doing. In his last six games, he has two hits, and remarkably, neither of them are home runs.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa — One of the great stories of the year, IKF hasn’t been great recently. You might be able to chalk some of his struggles up to the fact he’s been fast-tracked into learning how to be a big-league catcher and has done a good job of it, as evidenced by the Minor gem he caught on Wednesday. But he’s struggled at the plate, going 1-for-7 in two games this week.