Texas Rangers: Setting The Cruz Control!

Joe EppsCorrespondent IMay 24, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 07:  Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers bats against the Oakland Athletics during a Major League Baseball game on May 7, 2009 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz has always been a quiet player, even when signed by the Mets in '98 as an amateur free agent, Nelson was a "quiet guy".

Fast forward to present day, The rangers are first place in the AL west, the fans are getting hyped over the thought of playoffs, and one Rangers outfielder is speaking up a little more then usual. Over the past seven days Nelson Cruz has electrified his stats,. His slugging percentage is 955, four home runs in six games, and 1.5 RBIs per game.

A Houston Astros fan said to me, "Where did this guy come from?", after his team was shut out in the third game of the "Lone-Star Series", still shocked by the past two days of play by Nelson Cruz.

Texas swept Houston in the first round of Inter-league play with a nine inning shut out for Pitcher Brandon McCarthy. The Rangers won 5-0. I'm getting away from my point only because I'm happy to be Rangers fan right now. However, my point is that Nelson Cruz has spoken up as of late with his absolutely dominating play.

Cruz has been with the club for four years, but his play never really amounted to much due to the fact that the Rangers were steady losers in the AL West. Today is a  different story however, its a new day in Arlington, a new team (sort of), and a new fan base thanks to Josh Hamilton slapping 30 home runs in the derby last year. Whatever may be the reason for the sudden spike in Texas Rangers baseball. For all of this to continue Nelson Cruz has to remain in the lineup and stay healthy. I expect Cruz to be a major contributor for the Rangers a majority of the season. Don't make me wrong Nelson Cruz, I have already reserved my hotel for the month of October and I can't cancel, it's just too late to do that Nelson Cruz.