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Friday, May 17, 2013
Stock Report: Darvish up; Grimm down

By Todd Wills

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Friday and that means our weekly stock report. Let's take a look at who's trending up and who's trending down for Texas:

Streaking
STOCK UP

The Rangers: At 27-14, the Rangers have their best record through 41 games. Their previous best had been 26-15 in 1996. The Rangers have been in solo possession of first place for 25 consecutive days. They are the first team to have a seven-game division lead at this point in the season since Boston in 2007.

Mitch Moreland: Mitch Moreland hit two more doubles to drive in runs in Thursday's 10-4 victory, including what turned out to be the game-winning runs, and continues to be the Rangers' hottest hitter. Since April 22, Moreland has 33 hits in 91 at-bats with six home runs, 10 doubles, a triple, 15 RBIs and 13 runs. It's one of the best Rangers streaks in recent memory.

Yu Darvish: He's won five straight decisions, the longest single-season win streak of his career. He is one win shy of matching his overall best streak of six wins in a row from Aug. 28, 2012 to April 7, 2013. He has won seven straight games at Rangers Ballpark.

Slumping
STOCK DOWN

Joe Nathan: It's hard to say a closer who has saved all 12 of his opportunities is down, but Nathan has flirted with his trouble in his last two outings. He's allowed a run in each of his last two games. He loaded the bases in Oakland, putting the winning run on second base, before getting a strikeout and a fly out. Nathan's velocity is down, but more regular work could solve that.

Derek Lowe: His last two appearances haven't gone well. He allowed four runs in the eighth inning in Houston to turn a 12-1 game into a 12-5 game. The Rangers eventually won 12-7. Lowe has allowed nine hits and nine runs in his last 4 2/3 innings.

Justin Grimm: The Rangers will be looking for a better result from Grimm when he starts Saturday against Detroit. He's allowed 10 earned runs in his last 10 innings, giving up three home runs as his ERA has risen to 4.28.