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Cruz Needs to Break Out

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No player was hotter in the 2010 postseason for the Texas Rangers than Nelson Cruz.

And no player is colder right now for the Texas Rangers than Nelson Cruz.

Cruz, who mashed pitching in the playoffs last season is in an extended slump, especially from the power perspective with just one home run since the end of August (with a 15-day DL stint mixed in there) and was 1-for-15 in the ALDS against Tampa Bay.

Cruz had just five home runs in the month of August, which saw him play just about every day.

So it's high time for Cruz to get going at the plate, and there might not be a better chance for him to do so than against the Tigers.

Cruz was far and away the best hitter on the Rangers this season against a Detroit team that took 6 of 9 regular-season games from the Rangers.

In fact, last time the Rangers played the Tigers in Detroit at the beginning of August, Cruz went 6-for-13 with a home run and three RBIs over a three-game set.

On the season, in the teams' nine meetings, Cruz hit .314 with three homers and nine RBIs and had a big-time .968 OPS.

The Rangers could really use a resurgence from Cruz. If it happens, this lineup might be unbeatable.

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