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 has been a fun one. They’re hot again, the youngsters are ballin’ and the wins are piling up*.
*Feel the sarcasm
Joey Gallo — This stretch of Rangers baseball has been probably the most fun one of the season because of the play of Gallo and the next entry on this list, really since the all-star break. Gallo, over his last seven games, is batting .379, which is generally a good on-base percentage for the young slugger, has an OBP of .455 and a beautiful 1.386 OPS. In that seven games, he has a double, five bombs, 12 RBIs and four walks. More of that, please.
Rougned Odor — Odor has been fantastic since the calendar turned to July. Now, he’s won two AL Player of the Week honors in the past three weeks. In the last seven games, Odor is sporting a .357/.486/.929 triple slash with two doubles, a triple, four homers and 13 RBIs. So, pretty certain he might win that award again. Odor’s rebirth as a player has arguably been the most positive thing to come out of this season. Hopefully he can keep it up.
Mike Minor — Minor has strung together a solid run of starts, and his last one was no exception. He worked seven innings, allowed just one run on four hits, fanned six and walked none. He’s either going to be a key piece of the rotation in 2019 or a strong candidate to be moved this winter for even more prospects.
Shin-Soo Choo — Once again, Choo ends up on the wrong side of this list after his 52-game on-base streak came to an end. Since then, Choo has been in the dumps and could probably stand to get a couple of days off. In his last five games, he has just three hits and has an on-base percentage of .296 with more strikeouts than walks.
Adrian Beltre — The veteran future first-ballot HOFer is batting just .200 in his last six games, but he did manage a pretty nice bomb off his good buddy Felix Hernandez as the Rangers took a series against the Mariners.