Friday, August 10, 2012
Stocks: Josh Hamilton up, starters down
By Richard Durrett
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.
Josh Hamilton: He's hitting .326 with two homers and 12 RBIs in his last 10 games and is looking more and more comfortable at the plate. After a two-month slump, is Hamilton's stock rising again?
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.
Starting pitching: They've got a 6.56 ERA in the last eight games with just three quality starts in that span. The offense has helped bail them out, but the club needs the rotation to improve.
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.