UPDATE: It has been reported by Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that Nelson Cruz will miss three weeks with a Grade I left hamstring strain. Leonys Martin will take his spot on the roster.
The Texas Rangers are just hours removed from their biggest win of the 2011 Major League Baseball season.
As history shows, and our fickle minds find hard to forget, the Angels' lone win in that series came in dramatic fashion. With the Rangers just three outs away from the four-game sweep (and an eight-game divisional lead) Mark Trumbo hit a walk-off winner, of the most painful variety.
Then both teams went in different directions.
The Angels caught fire and won six in a row, while the Rangers' bats cooled and the team lost seven of nine games.
And in a feverish flash the Angels were in Arlington for a three game series—just two games out of first place.
The Angels had a key opportunity to move into first-place with a sweep—and Angels skipper Mike Scioscia knew it, thus he treated the three-game series like a playoff matchup, pitching Ervin Santana and ace Jered Weaver on three days' rest.
It didn't work. The Rangers took two of three.
All questions regarding who's the AL West's finest have been resolutely answered.
And the Angels have run the risk of wearing out their two best starters by asking them to pitch on short rest.
So why aren't the many denizens of Rangers Nation jumping for joy?
Because Nelson Cruz is going to the disabled list again—as reported by ESPN Dallas, he's going to miss three weeks with a Grade I hamstring strain.
His bat is going to be missed for certain.
Cruz was absolutely crucial in the Rangers' recent series with the Angels. His six-RBI night on Friday provided the firepower crucial for the Rangers' 11-7 win. In the series, he was 8-12 (.667 BA) with six RBI.
His injury induced three week hiatus is awful news—but it's no reason to push the panic button.
The Texas Rangers will be just fine without Nelson Cruz, and here's the top five reasons why.