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 series loss to the Los Angeles Angels. While the pitching has seen some bright spots, the offense has seen a fairly extended slump after they came storming out of the gates following the all-star break, thanks in large part to Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo.
Nomar Mazara — In six games this week, Mazara has been on fire. While no one else’s stat line really stands out over that stretch, the third-year outfielder is sporting a .375/.423/1.000 triple slash — good for an other-worldly 1.423 OPS. He has four homers and 10 RBIs to go with three doubles in 24 at-bats over that span.
Mike Minor — We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Minor has turned into quite the under-the-radar acquisition by Jon Daniels & Co. The former Royal and Brave has shown he can be a starting pitcher again, as he earned one of the three wins for the Rangers over the past week and is now on an extended run of seven starts since the all-star break with a 2.88 ERA and a 5-1 record.
Jose Leclerc — There might not be a better relief pitcher in baseball this year. No, really. Folks weren’t taking notice before Keone Kela was traded to Pittsburgh before the deadline and Leclerc was gifted the Rangers’ closer role, but he’s been phenomenal. Since the break, he’s 9-of-10 on save opportunities with a 0.96 ERA and an unreal 30 strikeouts in 18 2⁄3 innings. This week, he’s fanned four in two innings over two appearances, has two saves and hasn’t allowed a baserunner.
Joey Gallo — In his last five games, Gallo has fanned 11 times. He has one hit (a double), one walk, one RBI and one run scored. As you can guess, that’s not good for his numbers, and he’s working with a .053/.100/.105 triple slash. Yikes.
Shin-Soo Choo — Choo gave us one of the greatest stretches by a Ranger in club history with his lengthy on-base streak earlier this season, but since that ended, it’s been tough sledding for the veteran. Choo is batting .136 over his last six games.