Texas Rangers have big decision with Nelson Cruz

  • David Whitlock

Texas Rangers slugger and 2013 All-Star Nelson Cruz, suspended since the hammer came down on those implicated in the Miami Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug (PED) scandal, is starting to play baseball again in the Instructional League to gear up for potential post-season action.  The Texas Rangers desperately need his bat, having gone 12-18 in their last 30 games while clinging to a Wild Card spot with six teams within 4 games of each other competing for two spots.

Will Nelson "boom stick" Cruz be a postseason factor?

Will Texas Rangers Nelson “boomstick” Cruz be a postseason factor?

It’s important to note that his 50-game suspension ends on the last game of the season, and there is a potential for one-game playoff contests to decide Division and/or Wild Card winners, as well as the one-game Wild Card that the Rangers are certainly destined to play in for any postseason scenario, barring a huge collapse by the Oakland Athletics, who lead the AL West by six games.

So the Rangers have a big decision in a do-or-die game, do they start (or even activate) their All-Star slugger or keep riding with what they have? Some precedent was set last year when the San Francisco Giants last year opted not to start (near) batting champion Melky Cabrera under the exact same circumstances (suspended for PED), riding the team that played down the stretch to their second World Series title in 3 years.

Insider money is that the Rangers will activate him, how it will all play out?  That’s why we love October baseball.

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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