Stock report: Adrian Beltre up, bats down


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:


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.

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.


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?


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.