Friday, September 13, 2013
Stock Report: Rios up; Garza down
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Friday, so let's take a look at who's trending up and who's trending down in Texas.
Alex Rios: Rios has been more than just a contributor for the Rangers since arriving in a trade from the White Sox. He's been one of their best players. He is 13-for-33 with three home runs, six RBIs and five multi-hit outings in his last nine games. He has a stolen base in three of his last five games as he's fit in well with the club's running attack. Rios has played well in right field and given the club a boost as the No. 3 hitter in the lineup.
Tanner Scheppers: He did allow a home run to Clint Barmes on Wednesday, but overall Scheppers is back to his dominant self. He had six scoreless outings before slipping up against Pittsburgh. The Rangers should be in good shape this weekend if they can take a lead to the eighth inning for Scheppers and closer Joe Nathan.
A.J. Pierzynski: Pierzynski has been a rock for the Rangers lately, on and off the field. He has nine hits in his last 21 at-bats. Pierzynski is hammering left-handed pitching with a .372 batting average for his last 43 at-bats. He's always been there to answer questions after games during the current losing streak, so much so that he said he was talked out after Wednesday's 7-5 loss to Pittsburgh.
Matt Garza: Garza's run with the Rangers has gone downhill since that first start against the Yankees on July 24. The one thing he's been counted on for, innings, wasn't there against Pittsburgh on Wednesday as he last four and allowed three runs. He's winless in four starts since Aug. 19 and has allowed four earned runs or more in seven of his last eight outings.
Adrian Beltre: It's just been a rough go for Beltre, who carried the club in July and August. He is batting .209 with no home runs and three RBIs in 10 games in September. The Rangers are desperate for Beltre to get going in the final 17 games.
Mitch Moreland: Moreland hasn't adjusted well to the platoon with Jeff Baker. He's batting .130 for 23 at-bats for September. He'll take an 0-for-15 streak into the Oakland series with the A's slated to start three right-handers. Moreland is batting .238 against righties with 20 home runs in 286 at-bats.