ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 01: Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates striking out Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers to win the 2010 MLB World Series 3-1 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on November 1, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
When Ron Washington posted the starting lineup for the Texas Rangers' game against the division foe Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, guesses are, he wasn't happy.
Cruz got a night off from starting in favor of the under-used David Murphy in right field, and Murphy came through in just his second start in 10 days.
Murphy went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in the Rangers' big five-run fifth inning before the wheels came off and the Rangers saw their 12-game win streak halted.
And while Cruz was most likely happy for his teammate, he wasn't happy with being benched in the middle of a 6-for-37 slump over the past 10 games. He's hitting a dismal .241 on the season, though his power numbers are there.
"I'm seeing the ball well," Cruz told the Star-Telegram. "I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. It's part of the game. You've got to be prepared for that."
Washington is known for giving guys in a slump a mental day off, he's done it his entire time in Arlington, and Wednesday for Cruz was no different.
He did enter the game in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter for Murphy, and he promptly swung at the first pitch he saw for a shallow pop-up.
Cruz will be back in the lineup on Thursday when the Rangers finish their three-game set in Anaheim.