Tagged: Nelson Cruz

Nelson Cruz Makes Immediate Impact

The Rangers are in Toronto, with RF Nelson Cruz freshly returned from the disabled list.  He has made an immediate impact, with 4 RBI, including a 3-run homerun double off of Blue Jays starter Brett Cecil.  

The Rangers lead 8-3 with one out in the bottom of the 2nd inning.
UPDATE: Of course, by the bottom of the 4th, Toronto led 15-10, and have put up crooked numbers in three of the four innings.
UPDATE: Blue Jays batter Rangers, winning 16-10 while smashing 5 HR.
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Rangers Win, Take One Game Lead

The Rangers didn’t mess around tonight, putting up crooked numbers in the fourth through the seventh innings, and crushing the Oakland A’s 10-1 on Wednesday night.  [UPDATE:  The MLB Wrap is here.]

With the win, the Rangers assume sole lead of the AL West by a margin on one game.
The A’s have a chance to move back into a tie with the Rangers tomorrow, when Ben Sheets will face C. J. Wilson.  I would have to give the advantage to the Rangers solely on the basis of that starting pitching matchup as Wilson has been superb so far this season, though I should point out that he has been getting lucky with balls in play as well (note the .258 BABIP vs. his career rate of slightly over .300).  In addition to the edge Wilson gives the Rangers, both Vladimir Guerrero and Ian Kinsler have been hitting the holy heck out of the ball. 
Once Nelson Cruz returns from the DL, I think the Rangers will really start to separate themselves from the rest of the AL West pack.  No, he’s not going to maintain his ridiculous 35% homerun to flyball rate, but if you look at the BABIP numbers he actually was pretty unlucky last year; so, we will probably see his average rise or at least stay about where it is, while his isolated power and slugging percentage will drop; however, his slugging percentage will probably be higher than it was last season.   That still makes for one heck of an outfield bat.