Friday, September 27, 2013
Stock Report: Andrus up; Feliz 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.
Starting rotation: Texas starters have gone 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA over the last 10 games, a stretch in which the Rangers have a 7-3 record to stay alive in the wild-card race. The strong run at the end of the season has dropped the rotation's season ERA from 4.12 to 3.98. The Rangers have the lowest starters' ERA in the majors in that span, a full run ahead of Cleveland.
Elvis Andrus: Andrus went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Thursday's 6-5 win as he continues to be the Rangers' most consistent offensive player in September. Andrus is batting .321 for the month with 18 RBIs, tied for second most in the American League behind only Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes. It's the highest monthly RBI total of Andrus' career. He also takes a 13-game hitting streak against the Los Angeles Angels into Friday's game.
Craig Gentry: Gentry is getting the everyday start in left field down the stretch and is making the most of it. Gentry, who has started the last six games, was 3-for-4 in Thursday's game. He is 12-for-25 in the last seven games and has scored a run in four straight. He had a season-high four hits and matched a career-best with three stolen bases Thursday at Tampa Bay.
Infield defense: At least for one inning, Mitch Moreland, Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre deserve to be ranked down. They combined for four errors in the top of the second inning Thursday night, leading to three runs as the Rangers fell behind 3-1. The infield had been excellent coming into the game, making four errors in the last 18 games.
The Rangers' luck: Texas has won four straight games and hasn't gained any ground in the wild-card race. Tampa Bay and Cleveland both take seven-game winning streaks into Friday's games. Jason Giambi's two-run pinch-hit homer stands as the biggest hit of the week, rallying the Indians over the White Sox on Tuesday night.
Neftali Feliz: It's really by process of elimination, but Feliz still has to establish after Tommy John surgery that he can be counted on in crucial moments. Feliz's four-pitch walk Friday night said he might not be ready. The Rangers lost that game, 2-1. It's by no means a knock on Feliz. He's still getting back to where he was before the injury.