Coming off weak power years in 2014 (19 home runs) and 2015 (18), Adrian Beltre turned in his highest home-run total since 2012 this past season (32), and he drove in his most runs (104) since 2011 -- backed up by his highest flyball rate since 2011. Keeping with his typical second-half power boost, he left the yard 20 times after the break. His batting average reached .300 for the fourth time in five years and fifth time in seven as he struck out in just 10.3 percent of his plate appearances. He's shown few signs of decline, but there is increasing risk in drafting Beltre as he enters his age-38 season. Hopefully his favorable home ballpark and strong glove will help him stave off Father Time a while longer.
Beltre is out of the lineup Saturday against the Rays. The Rangers are sitting several of their veterans, including Beltre, Carlos Beltran and Jonathan Lucroy, after clinching home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a win Friday. Joey Gallo will get the nod at third base.
Beltre went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 7-1 loss to the A's. Beltre contributed his team's only run with his seventh-inning solo shot -- his 32nd of the year. The bulk of his power production has come during the second half, as he had just 12 home runs prior to the All-Star break. The 37-year-old now has 101 RBI to go along with a .300/.359/.523 batting line.
Beltre is out of the lineup Saturday against the A's. The Rangers are resting most of their regulars on Saturday after clinching the division on Friday. Hanser Alberto will start at third and bat ninth Saturday.
Beltre hit a solo home run in a 1-for-4 game in Tuesday's win over the Astros. With the blast, Beltre earned his first 30 home run season since 2013 and the fourth of his career. His slugging percentage is up to a robust .515, his best since 2012. The 37-year-old is having a resurgent season and is making the two-year, $36 million extension the Rangers signed him to this April is looking awfully smart.
Beltre went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs and a stolen base in Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Angels. Beltre was the only Ranger to do much of anything at the plate, accounting for both of the team's runs and all but two of their hits. He even made a rare contribution on the basepaths with his first steal of the year. The 37-year-old has notched multiple hits in four straight games, lifting his slash line to .299/.358/.516. He also has 29 home runs and 96 RBI.