ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Friday and that means a brief stock report each week on a player or two who's trending upward or downward. A look:
Ian Kinsler: The second baseman had a memorable first homestand. He signed a five-year deal worth $75 million with a club option, making him a Ranger for a long time, and he started the season with a team-leading .370 average with three homers and a .452 on-base percentage. The leadoff hitter has shown his versatility, drawing walks, stealing a base and scoring with his legs.
Mike Adams: He's the eighth-inning setup man and through five innings of work, he's allowed one earned run (that was Thursday in a save situation, nursing a three-run lead). Adams has kept the ball down, stayed out of trouble and been efficient. He has three strikeouts, no walks and is tied for the team-lead in holds with three (Alexi Ogando). How about this stat: Adams is averaging 3.45 pitches per at-bat, the lowest of any reliever with at least five innings pitched this season.
Joe Nathan: Both Rangers losses so far this season are on Nathan's ledger. He gave up a solo homer to Alex Rios in the ninth inning of a tie game Saturday and surrendered three runs in the ninth to blow the save and get the loss against Seattle. To be fair, he's saved two games too. Nathan has a track record of figuring things out. The Rangers need him to do that as they head off on this road trip.
Nelson Cruz: Few players in the game are as streaky as Cruz. And right now, he's in a cool streak. The slugger is batting .160 (4-for-25), though one of those hits was a homer. He has four RBIs. As manager Ron Washington pointed out, Cruz has a presence in the lineup and can change games with one swing even when he's not going well. But right now, he's got more strikeouts than hits and RBIs combined (10).