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Cruz was cold, but now he's historically hot

Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:22 pm
 
ARLINGTON, Texas -- You can't blame the Tigers for thinking Nelson Cruz was the cold hitter in the Rangers lineup.

Four games against the Rays, and Cruz had one hit. One measly single.

Did you think he'd be the guy with three home runs in the first two games of the American League Championship Series? Did you think he'd become the first guy to ever end a postseason game with a walk-off grand slam?

The Tigers obviously didn't. The Rangers say they did.

"We said it was just a matter of time," Michael Young said.

I'm pretty sure he meant it was just a matter of time before Cruz got hot again, and not just a matter of time before he made baseball history.

But he did both.

"We really, truly don't get concerned about our guys offensively," Young said.

No need to be concerned about Cruz right now -- unless you play for, work for or root for the Tigers. Then he's a big concern.

His home run off Justin Verlander provided the winning margin in the Rangers 3-2 win in Game 1. His home run off Max Scherzer kept the Tigers from winning 3-2 in Game 2, tying it up in the seventh.

And Cruz's 11th-inning grand slam off Ryan Perry won it for the Rangers, 7-3.

And yeah, two innings earlier, Tigers manager Jim Leyland ordered Mike Napoli intentionally walked so that Jose Valverde could pitch to Cruz.

"Napoli swung the bat pretty well, obviously," Leyland explained. "Ironically, Cruz has been the guy who has been a little quiet, to be honest with you, up to this point."

He had been quiet, if you look back to the Division Series with the Rays. He hasn't been quiet, if you take his postseason career as a whole.

Cruz has now played in 22 postseason games, and he has hit nine home runs. Only one player ever homered more times in his first 22 postseason games -- Carlos Beltran, who had 11.

Oh, and by the way, when Leyland had Napoli intentionally walked, Cruz never really got a chance to hit, either. Valverde's first pitch hit him in the right forearm, loading the bases with nobody out.

Valverde somehow pitched out of that jam.

And all it did was give Cruz a chance to make history.
Category: MLB
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Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:32 pm
 

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I think it's safe to say Nelson Cruz is baaaaack!  Nelly hits 7th....7th!   On most clubs he'd be the clean-up guy.  Tonight will be real interesting with Yorvit Torrealba catching and Mike Napoli hitting DH...Michale Young to first base....that's what I call reloading (as long as Torrealba eliminates the Ks of Mitch Moreland).


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