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Cruz Surging at the Plate

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    NEWSLETTERS

    There are no numbers readily available to support the following statement, but just accept it as truth: Nelson Cruz is one of the streakiest players in the game of baseball. It's not hard to realize if you watch the Texas Rangers day after day and have witnessed his long slumps followed by freakish streaks of greatness with some of the best power you'll see from any slugger in the game, as was evidenced by his eye-popping blast at Angels Stadium earlier this year.

    Well, folks, it appears Cruz might be on the verge of hitting one of those good streaks again heading into the all-star break. After a pretty hot May, Cruz cooled off in June with the rest of the Rangers lineup but he's been spearheading a an offensive surge as of late.

    In his seven July games, Cruz was hitless in just one and has four multi-hit games with five doubles and four RBIs. He, of course, had a walk-off double on Saturday night in a 4-3, 10-inning win over the Minnesota Twins and also had a key hit in the Rangers' extra-inning win on Sunday after being moved from sixth to fifth in the lineup.

    We've all seen what Cruz can do when he gets hot, as evidenced by his historic run in the 2011 postseason, most specifically the American League Championship Series win over the Detroit Tigers in which he smashed six home runs and had 13 RBIs, laying legitimate claim to being the next "Mr. October".

    He seems like a pretty good candidate to get the Rangers out of this offensive funk when the season gets going again on Friday night in Seattle.