Stocks: Josh Hamilton up, starters down
It's Friday and that means a look at the weekly Texas Rangers stock report. Who's up and who's down in the last week? Let's find out.
Ian Kinsler: He's the spark that gets the offensive fire going for the Rangers and he's helped ignite a much bigger flame of late. In his last seven games, Kinsler is batting .400 with two homers, six RBIs, four walks, 10 runs scored and a stolen base. He's been all over the basepaths and when he is, good things usually happen.
Yu Darvish: He's not the only starter struggling, but his struggles seem more magnified because of walk issues. In his last two starts, Darvish has a 10.03 ERA and has given up 10 free passes to go with 16 strikeouts. Opponents are batting .306 against him. Manager Ron Washington had a recent talk with Darvish and we'll see if he's able to simplify things and get back in a groove.
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Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.