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Friday, August 31, 2012
Stocks: Bullpen up, Scott Feldman down

By Richard Durrett

It's Friday and that means taking a look at who's trending up and who's trending down for the Texas Rangers as part of the stock report. Here you go:

STOCK UP

Streaking
Bullpen: They make it for the second straight week and why not? They continue to hold down leads. In a total of 16 innings the past week (six games), the bullpen has allowed just two runs (1.13 ERA). They have three holds and two saves, 17 strikeouts, just one walk and opponents are hitting just .196 against them. Impressive.

Adrian Beltre: Last week's AL player of the week is 7-for-21 the last six games with two homers, seven RBIs and a 1.201 OPS. And he continues to make ridiculous plays at third base. His stock just keeps going up.

Yu Darvish: He made just one start in the last week, but it was an important one. He's beginning to show signs that he's rounding into form at the right time. After skipping a start because of a tight quad, Darvish looked good. He pitched seven scoreless innings, gave up six hits, had two walks and 10 strikeouts in a win over the Rays on Tuesday.

STOCK DOWN

Slumping
Scott Feldman: He's lost four straight starts, including his lone one in the last week. Feldman allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins last week.

Mike Napoli: He tested the strained quad by running the bases and didn't feel good enough to go out on a rehab assignment. Once he does go out, his stock will likely head back up. But for now, the Rangers are without one of their catchers. Still, it's best that Napoli make sure he's totally healthy before he returns.

Mike Olt: He makes this list simply because of injury and lack of playing time. He has plantar fasciitis and, as many of you can probably attest, that's not a pleasant thing. He was 0-for-3 in limited action the last six games.