Welcome to our weekly series where 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 hasn’t been a great one. Shocking, I know. The team has won just three of its last 10 and is coming off a two-game sweep by the Los Angeles Dodgers. They’ve played five games in the last week, and the offense has been stug-guh-ling.
Jurickson Profar — To illustrate the offensive struggles in the last week, Profar is the team’s best hitter over that stretch and he’s certainly not setting the world on fire with his .278/.381/.278 triple slash. Yeah, that’s right — all singles.
Cory Gearrin — One of the pieces the Rangers got from the Giants along with the now-Met Austin Jackson, Gearrin has been fantastic as of late, and especially this week. In 3 1⁄3 innings over three appearances, he’s fanned seven, walked one and not allowed a hit or a run. More of that, please.
Jose Leclerc — The Rangers’ new closer has continued to impress since Keone Kela’s trade to Pittsburgh. Leclerc has allowed just one hit and no runs in his 10 appearances since the deal and is a perfect 7-for-7 on save chances. Yes please.
Martin Perez — In a bit of a sad development, the Martin Perez run in Texas appears to be closing out. The guy who once seemed to be the great hope for a home-grown developed starting pitcher has now been moved to the bullpen after his most recent outing, when he allowed four runs on five hits in five innings of work.
Elvis Andrus — In his last five, Andrus is batting just .158 with a .238 on-base percentage. He does have two RBIs and a couple of walks but also has struck out six times.