ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 01: Ian Kinsler #5 of the Texas Rangers shatters his bat on a pitch against the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 1, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ian Kinsler
The Texas Rangers hit 162 home runs in 2010.
In 2011, those same Rangers will have two players reach the 162-home run mark.
OK, that's a joke, but in a joking way, Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz are both on pace to hit at least 162 bombs after each hitting home runs in each the Rangers' first three games of the season.
This marks the first time in league history a set of teammates has accomplished that feat.
Kinsler is thriving in his new leadoff spot, hitting leadoff homers in the first two games.
Cruz has shown why, just as hot springs can lead to hot seasons (see Kinsler), bad springs shouldn't be feared. Cruz was awful this spring. Flat-out awful. But as soon as Friday hit, he busted out his boomstick once again.
Kinsler and Cruz were a big part of the Rangers' winning weekend, but they weren't it. Mike Napoli had two bombs while playing just two games. David Murphy had one and has an identical 1.400 slugging percentage as Kinsler. That's also a torrid pace (joking again).
We knew the Rangers lineup would be versatile and deep, but if this opening series is any indication at all, it's going to be better than just pretty good. It looks to be right up there with, if not better than, the Yankees and Red Sox, who obviously had a few troubles this weekend against Rangers pitching.
Look out pitchers. The boomstick is coming for you next.