Friday, June 14, 2013
Stock Report: Nathan up, offense down
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Friday, which means it's time for our weekly stock report. Let's take a look at who's trending up and who's trending down with the Rangers:
Joe Nathan: Nathan hasn't been getting many save opportunities recently, but he has been dominant when called upon. He has six scoreless outings in his last six games and has allowed one run in his last 14 games.
Jason Frasor: He's picked up a few ticks on the radar gun with his fastball of late, hitting 93 to 94 mph, and he's getting the results to go with it. Frasor has worked 4 1/3 scoreless innings in his last five outings. He has a 1.50 ERA in his last eight games to lower his ERA to 2.95.
Jeff Baker: He's been everything the Rangers could ask for from a utility man. He has played six positions, including playing a flawless second base on Wednesday. He has four home runs and seven RBIs in his last seven games.
Offense: The Rangers' offense has been brutal the last three games, scoring five runs, three of them on solo home runs. The Rangers are hitting just .219 this month and had one at-bat with a runner in scoring position in Thursday's 3-1 loss.
David Murphy: Manager Ron Washington has stuck with Murphy in the No. 2 spot in the batting the order where he is 4-for-37, 6-for-46 and 11-for-68 in different stretches of his season. He's just not getting it done.
Center fielders: The combination of Craig Gentry and Leonys Martin has produced seven hits in 46 at-bats in June. Martin has the only home run. They each have one RBI.