ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
All you need to do to realize the impact Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz can have on a club is look back to the 2011 ALCS, which the Rangers won in six games over the Detroit Tigers.
That's when Cruz drove in 13 runs and hit six homers, including a walk-off, extra-inning grand slam and a out-of-this-world homer off a 100 mph Justin Verlander fastball that Cruz pulled down the left field line. Those indelible images will forever be in the minds of Rangers fans as Cruz put the Rangers' offense on his back.
Now, he's in the midst of another stretch of doing the same thing as he drove in one of the Rangers' two runs in Thursday's 2-1 win over Minnesota after hitting three home runs in the previous four games with 10 RBIs off of those three homers alone — a grand slam Sunday and three-run shots on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Cruz is undoubtedly due to go into a massive slump soon, as that's just how he rolls, but enjoy the hot streak while it lasts because it's pretty fun to watch.