For whatever reason, Beltre isn't driving in runs this season. He has nine RBIs in 25 games. He had one RBI on the Rangers' seven-game road trip to Anaheim and Minnesota.
The eyeball test says Beltre is about to get hot. Beltre showed signs of life on the road trip, hitting in five straight games before joining the rest of the lineup and cooling down in losses Saturday and Sunday (he was 0-for-8 in those games). His home run in Friday's' game was a rocket to center field. He had only two strikeouts in 28 at-bats.
Beltre's numbers are down from the first 25 games last season when he batted .315 with five home runs and 16 RBIs. He's at .221 with four home runs so far this season. There's no discernible difference in his other numbers. He's walked more times this season -- eight -- compared to five through 25 games last season.
It goes without saying that he's struggled with runners on base. He has three hits in 28 at-bats with runners in scoring position. One positive -- he has been one of the Rangers' best hitters late in games, batting .391 with two homers and four RBIs in the seventh inning or later.
More good news: Beltre had 21 RBIs last May, tying for his best month of the season.
And, of course, all Rangers fans remember how he finished. He had 41 of his 102 RBIs last season in August and September (and one October regular season game).
More Rangers notes:
1. Lewis throws in game: Rehabbing right-hander Colby Lewis threw 17 pitches in one inning in an extended spring game Monday. He came out of the outing reporting no issues. Expect Lewis to get into another extended spring game in a few days.
2. Minor note: Class A Hickory outfielder Nick Williams, whose seven home runs are second to teammate Joey Gallo's eight in the Sally League, went on the 7-day disabled list with a shoulder injury this weekend. Williams, a second-round pick last year, landed awkwardly on his shoulder diving for a ball. The injury isn't considered to be serious.
3. Angels, A's go 19: It's April, so maybe it's too early to scoreboard watch. But that's just impossible with the state of affairs with Josh Hamilton and the Angels. Division rival Oakland delivered the latest blow to the Angels' psyche as Brandon Moss hit a walk-off home run in the 19th inning for a 10-8 A's victory. The game ended at 3:41 a.m. Texas time. The Angels led 7-2 going into the bottom of the eighth before giving up four runs in the inning and the tying run in the ninth. Hamilton was 0-for-8 with three strikeouts. The A's moved within two games of the Rangers while the Angels dropped seven games out of first place.