Stock report: Bullpen up, Craig Gentry down

August, 24, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Friday and that means a look at the weekly stock report for the Texas Rangers. Who's trending up and who's been struggling? Let's take a look:


Bullpen: The Rangers' relief corps as a whole has been getting it done. They went into the start of the four-game series with Minnesota Twins with 15 1/3 scoreless innings, the longest streak for the Rangers' bullpen since throwing 28 1/3 shutout innings May 1-10, 2008. That streak ended in the ninth inning Thursday at 18 innings.

Adrian Beltre: The third baseman's stock with his glove can't get any higher as he continues to make impressive plays, but his overall value is on the rise thanks to a tremendous Wednesday with the bat. Beltre hit three home runs and among all of the numbers from that game, the most interesting might be this: He joins Albert Pujols, George Brett, Reggie Jackson and Babe Ruth as the only players with three-homer games in the regular season and the postseason. Beltre also did it in Game 4 of the 2011 ALDS in Tampa Bay.

David Murphy: He seems to play his best late in the season and is once again in a timely hot streak. He is hitting .387 in August, which was the second-highest average in the AL going into Thursday's game. He had a four-game hitting streak, where he was 9-for-14 (.643) with three doubles, a homer and five RBIs, come to an end Thursday.


Craig Gentry: He has started just four of the team's last 24 games and is 2-for-23 in his last 18 games (since July 27). ... Still, he's hitting .310 on the season in 197 at-bats.

Quads: Yu Darvish was the latest Ranger to be impacted by a quad muscle. He missed his scheduled start Thursday because of a tight right quad and will pitch Tuesday. Catcher Mike Napoli's sore left quad has him on the disabled list. He's hoping to get out for a rehab assignment soon.

Mike Olt: He was 0-for-4 on Thursday and is hitting .182 now. He hasn't had regular playing time, making it tough to get in a rhythm. He also had an error in RF in Toronto as he tries to learn the position.
Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.



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Adrian Beltre
.323 15 56 54
HRA. Beltre 15
RBIA. Beltre 56
RA. Beltre 54
OPSA. Beltre .887
WY. Darvish 10
ERAY. Darvish 2.90
SOY. Darvish 167