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
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.
 
8/18/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career .455 hitter (5-for-11) versus White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale.
Insight: Cruz was a major force in the first half, but has struggled since the All-Star break, batting just .167 with three homers in 27 games. We're not sure he's ready to take advantage of the matchup.
 
8/11/2014 10:53:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz went 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBI Monday against the Yankees.
Insight: Cruz has homered in two of the past three games. He's in a three-way tie with Jose Abreu and Giancarlo Stanton for first in the majors with 31 bombs.
 
Cold8/5/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is a career 1-for-17 (.059) versus Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle.
Insight: With just on hit in his last eight games (29 at-bats), now is not the time to have him in your lineup in a historically tough matchup.
 
Cold8/3/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz is not in Sunday's starting lineup versus Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners.
Insight: Cruz is just 4-for-20 against Iwakuma and has struggled at the plate of late (1-for-25 over the past seven games), so this isn't unexpected.
 
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.