Texas Rangers
2014 Avg.
.273
 
Career Avg.
.268
Name  Nelson Cruz
Born  7/1/1980
Height  6-2
Weight  230
Number  23
Position  DH
Bats  R
Throws  R
Cold7/23/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz has struck out 20 times in 66 career at-bats against Angels starter Jered Weaver.
Insight: He's batted .227 with two homers and a .641 OPS against Weaver. Cruz also has gone 5-for-36 (.139) with one extra-base hit and 10 Ks in his last 10 games, so avoid him Wednesday.
 
7/11/2014 9:52:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is just 3-for-19 (.158) against Yankees right-hander Hiroki Kuroda.
Insight: Cruz is leading the league with 28 HR, 73 RBI and 202 total bases, but has an unfavorable matchup.
 
7/10/2014 9:42:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is having an All-Star season, but he's never been able to do anything with Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez.
Insight: Cruz is leading the league with 28 HR, 73 RBI and 201 total bases, but is 0-for-10 against Gonzalez and Gonzalez is pitching as well as anyone in baseball right now. Gio has gone three straight starts without yielding a run.
 
Hot7/8/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .381 hitter *8-for-21) versus Nationals starter Doug Fister.
Insight: Cruz is making the most of his opportunity in Baltimore, leading the league with 28 HR, 73 RBI and 201 total bases. The slugger took Stephen Strasburg out the opposite way Monday night and the wind will be blowing out to right on Tuesday night. He's a must start.
 
Hot7/7/2014 10:58:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz has gone 11-for-16 with three doubles, two homers and five RBI in his last three games.
Insight: He was 3-for-5 with a home run Monday at Washington and once again leads the majors with 28 longballs and 73 RBI.
 
7/5/2014 11:36:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz had five hits in the nightcap, just missing the cycle.
Insight: Cruz hit home run No. 27 to tie White Sox 1B Jose Abreu for the league lead in that category.
 
7/5/2014 10:34:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .458 hitter (11-for-24) with three home runs against Boston left-hander Jon Lester in Game 1 of the doubleheader.
Insight: Cruz has hit 26 home runs, one behind Jose Abreu. He's also driven in 68 runs and scored 50.
 
7/4/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .458 hitter (11-for-24) with three home runs against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Insight: Cruz is tied with Jose Abreu for first in the majors with 26 home runs. He's also driven in 68 runs and scored 50. Update: Game was postponed due to hurrican Arthur.
 
7/1/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz hit just .215 in June, but he had four home runs in his last 12 games of the month and hit another one Tuesday.
Insight: Cruz is tied with Jose Abreu, who also homered Tuesday, for first in the majors with 26 home runs. He's also driven in 67 runs and scored 49. However, we couldn't expect him to hit .300 all season with a strikeout rate above 20 percent and a line-drive rate below 16.
 
6/15/2014 5:29:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz reached base four times Sunday against the Blue Jays.
Insight: He went 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk. Cruz hasn't homered in his last 12 games but he still leads the league with 21 long balls this season. The 33-year-old is having a career year and will definitely be invited to next month's All-Star Game in Minnesota.
 
Cold6/12/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz is a lifetime .000 hitter (0-for-14) against Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Cruz dealt with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch about a week ago and hasn't homered since. He hit 21 homers in his first 55 games and zero in the last eight. He isn't likely to break out of the homer-less string on Thursday.
 
6/9/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .364 hitter (4-for-11) with a home run against Boston veteran right-hander Jake Peavy.
Insight: Cruz exited last Sunday's game with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch. He only missed one game, but hasn't homered since. He's got a favorable matchup, but just one extra-base hits in his last 20 at-bats is concerning.
 
6/3/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz (hand) is in the lineup Tuesday at Texas, according to Roch Kubatko of masnsports.com.
Insight: Cruz exited Sunday's game with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch. The 33-year-old is having his best season, hitting .314 with 20 HR and 52 RBI in 54 games. He'll make his return to Arlington, where he played eight years, Tuesday night.
 
6/3/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz is expected to be in the lineup for Tuesday's game against Texas.
Insight: Cruz bruised his hand Sunday but didn't have a problem on Monday. The 33-year-old is having his best season, hitting .314 with 20 HR and 52 RBI in 54 games and will make his return to Arlington where he played for eight seasons.
 
6/2/2014 7:39:00 PM
Description: Baltimore left fielder Nelson Cruz is probable for Tuesday's game against Texas. SOURCE: Eduardo Encina, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Cruz bruised his hand Sunday but it doesn't look like he'll miss any time. The 33-year-old is having his best season, hitting .314 with 20 HR and 52 RBI in 54 games.
 
6/1/2014 6:19:00 PM
Description: O's left fielder Nelson Cruz is day-to-day with a bruised left hand. SOURCE: Evan Drellich, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Thankfully for fantasy owners, his X-rays came back negative. Cruz leads the majors in both home runs (20) and RBI (52). Baltimore doesn't play again until Tuesday so Cruz might not miss any time.
 
Hot6/1/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz left Sunday's game after getting drilled in the left hand by a pitch from Houston's Scott Feldman.
Insight: It was an 87 mph fastball, but that's still fast enough to cause a fracture. He's going for X-rays. Cruz has carried fantasy owners with a .314 average, 20 homers, 52 RBI and a 1.055 OPS this season.
 
Hot6/1/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz hit his MLB-leading 20th homer Saturday at Milwaukee.
Insight: Not only does he have 20 homers, he's hitting .315 with 52 RBI, 39 runs and a 1.058 OPS. He blasted 13 homers in the month of May.
 
Hot5/25/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is alone on top of the MLB HR leaderboard.
Insight: Cruz homered for the fourth time in his last six games Sunday against Cleveland and now has 16 on the year to go with 44 RBI. He's hitting .295 with a .973 OPS and has been an absolute bargain for the Orioles at $8 million for one year.
 
Hot5/21/2014 10:44:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz hit his 14th homer of the season and went 3-for-5 with three RBI Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Insight: Cruz has homered in back-to-back games and five of his last 11. He's one homer and one RBI away from tying Jose Abreu in both categories for the AL lead.