Texas Rangers July 4 Week in Review: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

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Jul 1, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop

J.J. Hardy

(2) rounds the bases after hitting a home run off Texas Rangers pitcher Nick  Martinez (22) in the seventh inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

1. Nick Martinez

Martinez continued his struggles from June in his most recent start. After an incredible 0.35 ERA in his first four starts, Martinez started to slide with a 3.25 ERA in 6 starts in May. He fell even further in June with a 6.35 ERA in his five starts. For the season he has a 5-5 record with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts.

In his start this week, Martinez gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits over 6.2 innings. He has taken the loss in his last three starts after giving up 13 runs over 18.2 innings. Martinez was optioned to Triple-A and will be given extra rest along with taking time off for the All-Star break. He could be recalled after the All-Star game but the role he plays for the team, starter or reliever, will depend on how the rest of the rotation looks.

Martinez is still just 24-years-old so he still has plenty of potential to be a solid starter in the big leagues. He could use some time in Round Rock to regroup and could come back stronger and ready to return back to the dominance from his first several starts. Like Gonzalez, he is going to need to figure out what adjustments he needs to make.

And now, a look at who has been hot in the past week.

Next: Odor's triumphant return

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