Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers has hit six home runs in the postseason. Who is this guy? He was drafted by the New York Mets. He had a cup of coffee with the Milwaukee Brewers. He has been in Texas ever since, paying big dividends as a second-line star. Cruz is second-line no more. He added to his remarkable totals (six) with another home run in the Rangers’s 15-5 romp over the Detroit Tigers. Texas, in its various incarnations, has yet to win a World Series in fifty years. This will be their second straight trip to The Dance, as they await the winner of the Cardinals-Brewers series in Milwaukee. So-called postseason baseball began less than three months after the human race reached the moon. I (Evander) am not a fan of combining postseason, intraleague statistics with World Series statistics. Bernie Williams of the New York Yankees had amazing postseason stats and success. But for me, Mickey Mantle’s mind-bending eighteen home runs in the World Series cannot be compared, in any form, to post-1969 postseason-stats keeping. Nevertheless, what Cruz accomplished in the Detroit series is remarkable. He caps a difficult, hot, dry season in Texas. Right Off the Bat sends congratulations to Nelson Cruz, and his Rangers of Arlington, for capturing the 2011 American League Pennant.