ST. PETERSBURG - OCTOBER 03: Catcher Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers singles against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 3, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli and Adrian Beltre are all great players, individually, and have all played a key role in the Rangers run to the ALCS, which begins Saturday at Rangers Ballpark against the Detroit Tigers.
But when you put those four together in the Rangers lineup, Texas is just about unbeatable.
Hamilton and Beltre both had extended stays on the disabled list, missing 41 and 48 games, respectively. Cruz took two trips to the DL with his usual hamstring problems and missed 38 games. Napoli just didn't play a whole lot until he caught fire after the all-star break and became an everyday player, but he wasn't in the Rangers lineup 49 times.
When the four have been in the lineup together, the Rangers are 34-9 this year and were 31-8 in the regular season.
There's no doubt the four will be in the lineup for every game of this upcoming series barring injury, even Cruz, who's been slumping for a while now.
The Rangers might have the most dangerous lineup in recent memory, and they definitely have the most dangerous lineup remaining in the playoffs. And it's due largely to those four and everyone else on the team all being healthy at the same, for the first time in a long time.