Texas Rangers: Stock Report

Stocks: Adrian Beltre up; Scott Feldman down

September, 21, 2012
9/21/12
9:53
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It's Friday, and that means our weekly look at whose stock is trending up and whose may be heading in the opposite direction for the Texas Rangers. The way the club is playing, there aren't many folks headed down. But here goes:

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STOCK UP

Adrian Beltre: He has to at least be a part of the MVP discussion at this point. The third baseman talked his way into the lineup on Thursday night in Anaheim and then hit a two-run homer in the ninth to break a tie and propel the Rangers to a 3-1 win over the Angels. Beltre is a gamer and he has a flare for the dramatic moments and the big plays.

Yu Darvish: He's looking like a No. 1 now. Darvish is attacking hitters, he's throwing strikes and he's putting fear in the hearts of the opposition. He's making a strong case to be the starter in Game 1 (he'd be my choice).

Bullpen: After last week, when arms needed to be rested and Joe Nathan blew his first save in five months, the bullpen is trending up because of one simple fact: It's back to full strength. And that's a big key for this team.

Michael Young: He was 10-for-20 on the last homestand and didn't slow down during the three-game series in Anaheim. Young was 5-for-12 in the series. He's found his swing again at just the right time.

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STOCK DOWN

Scott Feldman: He gave up six runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings against Seattle last weekend and lost his rotation spot. Feldman has lost five straight decisions and is now back in the bullpen. Martin Perez gets the start tonight.

Josh Hamilton: It's not because of his numbers on the field. It's because he hasn't been on the field much this week. Hamilton came out of Tuesday's game with the Angels because of vision problems caused by sinus issues. It was bad enough that he didn't play on Wednesday and Thursday. The Rangers need the 2010 AL MVP healthy and ready for the postseason.

Tanner Scheppers: He threw two pitches in Tuesday's loss -- a wild pitch and a hit batter -- and he hurt his knee trying to cover home after the wild pitch.

Stock Report: Rotation up, Roy Oswalt down

September, 14, 2012
9/14/12
8:00
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Friday and that means a weekly look at who is trending up and who's struggling for the Texas Rangers. A look:

STOCK UP

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Rotation: Going into Thursday's game, the club's starters had issued three earned runs or fewer nine times in the last 10 games and posted a 3.36 ERA in that span with opponents hitting .218 against them. The rotation's ERA was 4.17 before Thursday, the lowest since Aug. 1. The four pitchers likely to front the playoff roster have pitched well of late, getting things going at the right time.

Adrian Beltre: Not only does he continue to put up ridiculous offensive numbers and make highlight-reel plays, but he has the persuasive skills of a top-flight trial lawyer. He was able to get manager Ron Washington to put him back in the lineup Thursday despite getting an MRI the night before that showed inflammation in his shoulder. Beltre is a critical component in the middle of the lineup.

Fans: The Rangers drew more than 3 million fans, crossing the barrier Thursday night. They've had 32 sellouts so far this season and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington has become a real home-field advantage for the Rangers.

STOCK DOWN

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Roy Oswalt: He has a right forearm strain and had a throwing session Thursday in which he experienced some discomfort. He'll be re-evaluated in a few days. He pitched just two innings Sunday and was taken out because of the injury. He allowed four runs on six hits in that loss to Tampa Bay.

Injury bug: It was a week that involved some injuries. That includes setup man Mike Adams, who felt tightness in a muscle in the back of his shoulder and hasn't thrown the past few days. Mike Olt is dealing with plantar fasciitis and will be out a minimum of 10 to 14 days.

Stock Report: Adrian Beltre up, Scott Feldman down

June, 29, 2012
6/29/12
4:47
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Let's take a quick look at whose stock went up and whose went down over the last week for the Texas Rangers. Clearly, the club has more up stocks than down these days.

STOCK UP

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Adrian Beltre: Since our last stock report, the first baseman is batting a ridiculous .500 (13-for-26) with a homer and six RBIs. His OPS in that span: 1.241 and he's playing is usual terrific defense.

Matt Harrison: He continues to make his case for All-Star Game inclusion and has one more chance to do that tonight. At this point, he deserves to get the nod and if the players don't put him in, manager Ron Washington should.

Ian Kinsler: He's hitting .323 the last week with five extra-base hits and six runs scored. Kinsler is the spark that makes the offense go and it's not a coincidence that this club is hitting the ball better just as Kinsler is heating up.

STOCK DOWN

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Scott Feldman: In fairness, Feldman did hang around Thursday and get through five innings with his team in the lead, but his numbers overall since jumping into the rotation with injuries haven't been good.

Josh Hamilton: I think it's a great time to buy stock in Hamilton because while it's down for the week, he's showing signs of patience at the plate and getting things together. Still, when you hit just .185 in the last seven games, you're on the "stock down" list.

Heat: The temperatures are getting oppressive out there and that can have a cumulative effect. Yes, the Rangers are used to it. But do you ever get used to playing three-plus hour baseball games in 100-degree heat?

Stock watch: Joe Nathan up; Derek Holland down

June, 1, 2012
6/01/12
8:00
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Before the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels clash in a three-game series, let's take stock in who's trending up and who's trending down for the Rangers.

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STOCK UP

Joe Nathan: The closer has put all of his first-week issues behind him and has been rock solid. He's retired 21 of the last 23 batters he's faced and has worked eight scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts in his last eight games. ... Nathan pitched in a blowout loss to the Mariners for the second consecutive night after telling Ron Washington he'd do it if the skipper needed him to save some other bullpen arms (like Koji Uehara and Yoshinori Tateyama). That's a team player.

PODCAST
Rangers closer Joe Nathan talks about why he was never worried about his abilities after struggling in spring training, the Angels' recent surge and more.

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Nelson Cruz: Boomstick appears back, though he's still looking for a little more consistency. He has three homers in his last six gamdes and pounded out 11 RBIs on the homestand. He was 0-for-6 in the final two games, but overall has been much better than the start of the season.

Mike Napoli: After a 3-for-25 slump that had him as a down stock a week ago, Napoli is 4-for-12 in his last three games with two homers and seven RBIs. And he loves hitting against his old team.

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STOCK DOWN

Derek Holland: After breezing through the first inning Wednesday, Holland couldn't get through the second. He faced 12 batters, gave up eight runs on eight hits and walked the final two hitters he faced on nine pitches, ending his night. Holland's ERA jumped more than a full run. It will be interesting to see how he responds.

Craig Gentry: The outfielder made an ill-fated dive attempt in the eighth inning of Monday's game against the Mariners, nearly allowing Brendan Ryan to score on an inside-the-park homer (but Cruz was backing it up and the Rangers executed some nice throws to get him). He was just 2-for-10 on the homestand at the plate.

Pitching: We'll lump the staff together when it comes to the last two games, allowing 31 runs to the Seattle Mariners, who has scored just 11 in their five-game losing streak before Tuesday and Wednesday. It was a rough patch for the arms, who look to rebound this weekend.

Stock report: Adrian Beltre up, bats down

May, 25, 2012
5/25/12
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It was a 3-3 road trip over the past week prior to the Texas Rangers' off day on Thursday. So let's take stock of this team the past week:

STOCK UP

Adrian Beltre: He had three multi-hit games and hit .333 on the six-game road trip with a couple of homers. Beltre also started to run a little faster on the bases, perhaps indicating that his hamstring is feeling better.

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Rangers GM Jon Daniels discusses the team's recent struggles, the interest level in Roy Oswalt and more.

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Robbie Ross: He pitched 5 2/3 innings over the past eight days and didn't allow a run with two strikeouts and no walks. Opponents hit just .167 off him.

STOCK DOWN

Offense: What happened to the monster bats this past week? The Rangers, usually pushing the .290 mark in team average, hit just .244 over the six games on the road, scoring an average of 3.7 runs per game (nearly two runs fewer than normal) with just five homers. The clutch hits that helped this team to a fast start didn't come often the past six games. Will a return to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington help?

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Walks: Base on balls have really hurt his pitching staff recently. Yu Darvish gave up six walks Monday and three of those runners came around to score. Matt Harrison was hurt by two walks in the first inning of his start in Seattle but recovered. Scott Feldman walked five and gave up a grand slam Wednesday. For the trip, Texas walked 25 batters. That accounts for nearly 20 percent of the club's total all season.

Stock Report: Mike Napoli, Josh Hamilton up

April, 20, 2012
4/20/12
10:15
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DETROIT -- Our weekly stock report shows a team whose value is only going up. It was tough to even find someone whose stock is sliding a bit the past week. Here you go:

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STOCK UP

Mike Napoli: The catcher came into the week hitting below the Mendoza line, but a home run Sunday in Minnesota followed by a trip to Fenway Park has him going again. He was 6-for-9 with three homers and eight RBIs in a two-game set in Boston. That's a good week, let alone a few days. And he added to it Thursday in Detroit, hitting his fifth home run in the past four games.

Josh Hamilton: He's playing like an MVP this season, and it hasn't mattered where the games are being played or what time of day. He leads the team in homers and RBIs and has shown off his all-around game, making great plays in left field and center with his glove and arm and running the bases well. Hamilton is batting .426 with five homers and 12 RBIs.

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STOCK DOWN

Mitch Moreland: An abscessed tooth (certainly not a pleasant thing) kept Moreland out of the lineup and hurt his ability to find a rhythm. He is hitting .130 (3-for-23, with one home run) in just seven games this season. He is expected to play tonight.

Stock Report: Ian Kinsler up; Joe Nathan down

April, 13, 2012
4/13/12
10:30
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Friday and that means a brief stock report each week on a player or two who's trending upward or downward. A look:

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STOCK UP

Ian Kinsler: The second baseman had a memorable first homestand. He signed a five-year deal worth $75 million with a club option, making him a Ranger for a long time, and he started the season with a team-leading .370 average with three homers and a .452 on-base percentage. The leadoff hitter has shown his versatility, drawing walks, stealing a base and scoring with his legs.

Mike Adams: He's the eighth-inning setup man and through five innings of work, he's allowed one earned run (that was Thursday in a save situation, nursing a three-run lead). Adams has kept the ball down, stayed out of trouble and been efficient. He has three strikeouts, no walks and is tied for the team-lead in holds with three (Alexi Ogando). How about this stat: Adams is averaging 3.45 pitches per at-bat, the lowest of any reliever with at least five innings pitched this season.

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STOCK DOWN

Joe Nathan: Both Rangers losses so far this season are on Nathan's ledger. He gave up a solo homer to Alex Rios in the ninth inning of a tie game Saturday and surrendered three runs in the ninth to blow the save and get the loss against Seattle. To be fair, he's saved two games too. Nathan has a track record of figuring things out. The Rangers need him to do that as they head off on this road trip.

Nelson Cruz: Few players in the game are as streaky as Cruz. And right now, he's in a cool streak. The slugger is batting .160 (4-for-25), though one of those hits was a homer. He has four RBIs. As manager Ron Washington pointed out, Cruz has a presence in the lineup and can change games with one swing even when he's not going well. But right now, he's got more strikeouts than hits and RBIs combined (10).

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182