Stock Report: Murphy up; Holland down

ARLINGTON, Texas -- It's Friday and that means our weekly stock report. Let's take a look at who's trending up and who's trending down in Texas:


StreakingJourneymen: Ross Wolf and Neal Cotts hadn't pitched in the big leagues for a combined seven years before this week. Wolf won his first major league game Wednesday while Cotts continued his tear with two shutout innings to help Wolf get the win.

David Murphy: Murphy has come alive batting second in the lineup, going 5-for-18 in five starts. His two-run home run in the first inning Wednesday sparked a three-run inning in the Rangers' 3-1 win. Murphy also hit a key three-run homer against Detroit on Sunday.

Leonys Martin: Martin has a seven-game hitting streak as he gets more comfortable every game. He has eight hits in his last 21 at-bats and five steals in the last seven games.


SlumpingDerek Holland: The Rangers need more from Holland, who has slipped in his last two starts. Holland has allowed four earned runs in each of his last two starts, going a total of 10 1/3 innings. Everyone is getting hit by Miguel Cabrera, who had two home runs against Holland, but Holland can't walk Matt Tuiasosopo three times.

Nelson Cruz: Cruz isn't slumping, but he's not dominating either. He has grounded into three double-plays in the last six games.

Joseph Ortiz: The Rangers will let Ortiz figure things out at the big league level. He had three walks Monday against Oakland after walking only two in the previous 16 games. Ortiz has allowed runs in seven of his 17 outings.