If, who are we kidding? When, the Texas Rangers make the playoffs and square off against either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox (but look out for those Tampa Bay Rays), Craig Gentry won't be getting many at-bats.
But Gentry will play a big role for the Rangers in October, count on that.
He's probably the fastest baserunner the Rangers have and made all kinds of problems for the Oakland A's on Sunday in the Rangers 8-1 win.
Gentry reached base on an infield single. He later tagged up at second and moved to third on a shallow fly ball to right field. Later still, he tripled to left field, that's right, tripled to left field. That doesn't happen very often.
He also notched a two-run single to up the Rangers lead to 6-0.
That kind of speed is a weapon, and the Rangers will have it come playoff time. In fact, Rangers information czar Jamey Newberg even reported recently that the Rangers were considering keeping Gentry on their 2010 postseason roster despite the fact he had a broken wrist and wouldn't be able to hit or play in the field.
Remember Dave Roberts? The Yankees do. It was such a huge play by a pinch runner that it was simply dubbed "The Steal." So far this season, Gentry has played in just 57 games, whether it be as a starter, pinch runner or defensive replacement, and he has 16 steals. Not a bad clip, right there.
Could Gentry end up being the next Dave Roberts? Rangers fans can hope so.