Back on Aug. 26 the Texas Rangers opened a key series with the rival Los Angeles Angels holding a narrow lead in the American League West.
Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 in that game and hit two home runs with six RBIs and got everyone excited about what was to come over the last month of the season.
Two days later, Cruz was shelved to the disabled list with his usual quad/hamstring injury.
Since returning on Sept. 14, Cruz has struggled — something the rest of the lineup (outside of Mitch Moreland) doesn't know anything about right now.
Prior to Tuesday night's game, he was 5-for-33 with no home runs and one RBI since his return from the DL and had been pushed back in the lineup as far as No. 8.
On Tuesday night, Cruz showed some signs of hope to Rangers fans when he capped off a back-to-back-to-back home run effort from Adrian Beltre, Mike Napoli and himself when he had the biggest shot of them all into left field to sink the Angels.
He finished the night with two hits, adding an RBI single, and scored a run.
If Cruz can get his bat going heading into the postseason, which begins on Friday, the Rangers lineup could be very, very special. Imagine a guy with 29 home runs and 87 RBIs with two DL stints hitting No. 7 or No. 8 in the lineup.
Take notice, Boston and Tampa Bay, the boomstick is getting hot.