ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 15: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers holds the AL championship series Most Valuable Player Award after defeating the Detroit Tigers in Game Six of the American League Championship Series 15-5 to advance to the World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 15, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz went 2-4 with a HR, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI last night and was named the MVP of the ALCS. Cruz hit .364-.440-1.273 in the series with 6 HRs and 13 RBI. This from ESPN:
Powering the way for the Rangers was ALCS MVPNelson Cruz who hit his sixth home run of the series in the win. His six home runs are the most by a player in any postseason series.
Cruz also added 13 RBI, alsothe most by a player in a postseason series in MLB history. Bobby Richardson had 12 RBI for the Yankees in the 1960 World Series for the Yankees; John Valentin had 12 RBI in the 1999 ALDS for the Red Sox.
For his career, Cruz now has 12 HRs and 24 RBI in 26 postseason games in the last two years, with a triple slash line of .289-.330-.753. With a World Series similar to his ALCS, Cruz could move up the postseason All-time Home Run list, passing such greats as Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Babe Ruth, who have accomplished their home run totals in more postseason at bats.
I was reading Keith Law's twitter page this morning, and came across this funny line:
They tried to give Nelson Cruz the ALCS MVP award but he accidentally hit it over the fence