Nelson Cruz still leads the Texas Rangers with 27 home runs on the season. Three weeks ago, Nelson Cruz was suspended for the remainder of the regular season for his tie to the Biogenesis PED scandal.
That just shows you where this team's offense is heading. Adrian Beltre's 26, including two in the past week, are right on the tail of Cruz's home run production and the Rangers' MVP will pass him sooner rather than later.
But other than Beltre, the Rangers just don't have a ton of power. After Beltre, it's Mitch Moreland (17), A.J. Pierzynski (14), David Murphy (gulp, 12) and Ian Kinsler (10), and that's it for guys with even double-digit homers. That says a lot.
This Rangers' offense, particularly since Cruz's suspension has transformed into a pressure-cooker, base-stealing, first-to-third, sac bunt type of offense. And so far, it's working.
Remember back in 2010 when the San Francisco Giants came into the World Series with a loaded pitching staff and a lineup devoid of .300 hitters. That's what we're looking at right now, and it's proven to work in the past.
Since Cruz's suspension, the Rangers are 11-0 when scoring at least four runs and are 12-3 overall.
The Rangers have three players (Elvis Andrus, Leonys Martin and Alex Rios) in the top-10 in the league in stolen bases and have scored runs at an astounding clip despite the loss of Cruz.
“Missing Nellie obviously hurts, but our lineup’s clicking right now,” Kinsler told The Associated Press. “We’ve got a lot of guys that set things up and it’s working out for us.”