Saturday, October 15, 2011

What should the Tigers do about Nelson Cruz?

Through 5 games, Nelson Cruz is carrying the Rangers to a remarkable extent. 

HR, RBI - Texas Rangers
Nelson Cruz - 5, 11
Rest of Team - 0, 13

Nelson Cruz is a very good hitter, but he's not this good.  He's also only been walked one time in the entire series.  That makes sense because he's not an especially patient hitter.  He only walked 33 times in 513 PA while striking out 116 times. 

The Tigers would probably do better to pitch around Cruz or treat him like Barry Bonds circa-2004 than pitching to him like they have been so far in the series.  The Rangers have plenty of excellent hitters (Hamilton, Beltre, Young, Napoli), but they've been relatively quiet in the series.  Cruz is in a zone, and he's probably too dangerous to pitch to right now.

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