Texas Rangers
2014 Avg.
.271
 
Career Avg.
.268
Name  Nelson Cruz
Born  7/1/1980
Height  6-2
Weight  230
Number  23
Position  DH
Bats  R
Throws  R
10/15/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is 10-for-30 (.333) in his career against Royals starter Jason Vargas.
Insight: Cruz has four home runs, two doubles and eight RBI versus Vargas. Despite going 0-for-4 on Tuesday in Game 3, Cruz is hitting .400/.423/.680 with two home runs and seven RBI this postseason. Before Tuesday, Cruz had two hits in every playoff game.
 
10/11/2014 9:21:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a RBI and run in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday.
Insight: Cruz hit a RBI-double to score the first run of a four-run fifth inning for the Orioles. He also scored in the frame. Cruz has four hits in all four postseason games this October and is batting .471 with two home runs and six RBI.
 
10/10/2014 9:55:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is just 4-for-21 (.190) against Royals Game 1 ALCS starter James Shields.
Insight: Cruz has been a force in the playoffs batting .500 with two homers and five RBI. This after a 40-home run and 108 RBI regular season.
 
10/9/2014 5:15:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz told the Baltimore Sun that he and the team have not had "serious" contract extension talks.
Insight: Cruz also added he is concerned with winning the World Series. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Thursday that the Orioles are hoping to sign Cruz long-term but nothing will likely happen until the season is over. Cruz hit .271/.333/.525 with 40 home runs and 108 RBI in 159 games this year while adding two more home runs in the ALDS.
 
10/5/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a .368 (7-for-19) hitter with two home runs and four RBI against Tigers pitcher David Price.
Insight: Cruz was 2-for-4 in each of the first two games of the series and hit a home run, scored two runs and had three RBI in Game 1 of the ALDS. Baltimore will be hoping to sweep the Tigers with a victory.
 
10/3/2014 9:22:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is just a .200 hitter (5-for-25) versus Detroit Game 2 starter Justin Verlander.
Insight: On the other hand, Cruz continues to produce in the postseason. Thursday night he hammered the 15th home run of his playoff career (130 at-bats) and knocked in three runs to raise his RBI total to 30.
 
10/2/2014 9:22:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz gets it going for Baltimore on Thursday.
Insight: He started the scoring with a two-run shot in the first inning. Cruz finished the night going 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
 
Hot10/2/2014 10:23:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .381 (8-for-21) against Detroit right-hander Max Scherzer.
Insight: It was a great season for Cruz with a league-leading 40 HR and 108 RBI and will end up gaining him a fat contract come next season. He's a career .278 hitter in the postseason (all with Texas) and a stunning 1.018 OPS and 14 homers.
 
9/27/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .583 (7-for-12) against Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.
Insight: It's been a great season for Cruz with 40 HR and 108 RBI and will end up gaining him a fat contract come next season. In the mean time he's getting ready for the playoffs and should add to his totals in this favorable matchup.
 
9/24/2014 11:32:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz belted his 40th home run of the season Tuesday, but has an unfavorable matchup Wednesday.
Insight: Cruz has just one hit against Yankees right-hander Shane Greene with the other five at-bats ending in strikeouts. It's been a great season for Cruz, and we wouldn't blame you for keeping him in the lineup, but don't expect much production.
 
9/23/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz belted his 40th bomb of the season to extend his American League lead in the category.
Insight: Cruz went 3-for-5 with the solo home run. He has been a tremendous signing for the Orioles this season as he has more home runs than anyone else in baseball. His 107 RBI is also third in baseball, behind just Mike Trout and Adrian Gonzalez.
 
9/23/2014 1:08:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is just 3-for-22 (.136) against Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: Despite not hitting a home run since Sept. 7, Cruz still leads the majors with 39 homers and has knocked in 106 runs. The Orioles won big on their one-year gamble as did fantasy owners. Tuesday, however, isn't a good matchup for the slugger.
 
9/12/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in the 5-0 victory over the Yankees on Friday.
Insight: Cruz snapped his five-game hitting streak in the first game of the doubleheader on Friday, but followed that up with a double in the second game. Cruz is hitting .366 in September so far with four home runs and 12 RBI. He has been a tremendous find in fantasy as he leads baseball this season with 39 home runs.
 
9/12/2014 12:26:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is just a .158 hitter (3-for-19) against Yankees right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
Insight: Cruz is on a modest five game hitting streak which included a teo-homer, seven RBI day last Saturday. Considering the modest expectations at the beginning of the season after the suspension, he production has been outstanding (39 HR, 101 RBI, .860 OPS). This matchup, however, is a tough one for the slugger.
 
9/7/2014 6:55:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 with two home runs, a triple, two runs and an incredible seven RBI as the Orioles defeated the Rays in extra innings, 7-5.
Insight: It cannot be overstated how terrific Cruz has been this season for Baltimore. He has a .262 average, 39 home runs, 101 RBI and a .862 OPS. His 39 home runs is first in the American League and his 101 RBI is second only to Mike Trout's 102 RBI. Cruz is a must-start the rest of the season.
 
9/5/2014 11:14:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is just 3-for-14 (all singles) versus Rays right-hander Alex Cobb.
Insight: Cruz has hit .259 with 37 HR and 93 RBI which will likely make him a rich man next season and have fantasy owners playing top dollar for his services. He's just not a good play Friday.
 
9/1/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a solo homer Monday against Minnesota.
Insight: Cruz has hit .238 with seven homers and 13 RBI in his last 21 games after going 11-for-91 (.121) with one home run and four RBI from July 9 to Aug. 8.
 
8/28/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz was 2-for-4 with a double, run and steal against the Rays on Thursday.
Insight: Cruz is 4-for-12 (.333) in his last three games, which is nice to see because he is hitting .207 in 87 at-bats during the month of August.
 
Hot8/22/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz hit his third home run in the last four games Friday at Chicago.
Insight: Cruz leads the big leagues with 34 bombs, besting his previous career high of 33 which he set in 2009. The slugger has gone just 20-for-117 (.171) since the All-Star break, but he's made his hits count with five doubles and six homers in that span.
 
8/20/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Wednesday at Chicago.
Insight: Cruz has homered twice in the last three games and four times in his last 10. He's back in sole possession of first place in the majors with 33 homers.