Texas Rangers
2015 Avg.
.341
 
Career Avg.
.272
Name  Nelson Cruz
Born  7/1/1980
Height  6-2
Weight  230
Number  23
Position  DH
Bats  R
Throws  R
5/25/2015 9:57:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is just 1-for-10 versus Rays starter Jake Odorizzi.
Insight: Cruz was 3-for-12 with a home run in the last series against Toronto, so he's still one of the hottest hitters in the game, but this is a poor matchup. He's batting .343 with 17 HR, -34 RBI and a 1.100 OPS this season.
 
5/23/2015 10:39:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz may be the hottest hitter in the majors, or at least second to Bryce Harper, but he's not a great option on Saturday against Mark Buehrle.
Insight: Cruz is just 1-for-19 (.053) in his matchups with the Blue Jays left-hander. On the other hand he leads the AL in half a dozen offensive categories.
 
5/22/2015 9:42:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz smacked another homer on Friday night.
Insight: He finished 2-for-4 and is now hitting .354 with 17 homers and 34 RBI.
 
5/19/2015 9:53:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz had a double and home run on Tuesday night.
Insight: he did so in three at0bats, and had three RBI total on the night. Cruz is now hitting .347 with 16 homers and 33 RBI overall.
 
Hot5/16/2015 12:43:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is just 4-for-20 in his career against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello.
Insight: That's good for a .182 average. He also has six strikeouts and two RBI against Porcello. Owners might be able to avoid Cruz in daily leagues on Saturday, but it is going to hard to sit a man in standard leagues who is slashing .358/.409/.730 with 15 home runs and 30 RBI.
 
Hot5/16/2015 10:03:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz had the game-winning RBI-single in the ninth as Seattle beat Boston, 2-1.
Insight: Cruz was 1-for-4 with the one RBI. He also struck out three times. Cruz is slashing .358/.409/.730 with 15 home runs and 30 RBI in 137 at-bats this season.
 
Hot5/15/2015 1:07:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz went 3-for-3 and scored Seattle's only run in the, 2-1, loss to the Red Sox on Thursday.
Insight: Cruz also had a walk. He scored in the sixth on a grounder from Logan Morrison. Cruz is hitting .361/.414/.744 with 15 home runs and 29 RBI in 133 at-bats this season.
 
Hot4/28/2015 10:54:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz was 3-for-4 with a run scored in the, 2-1, victory over the Rangers on Tuesday.
Insight: Cruz had a double and a triple, but only scored once and didn't have an RBI. It was definitely a pitcher's duel. Cruz is hitting .329 with nine home runs and 21 RBI this season.
 
Hot4/27/2015 11:22:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz is a career 5-for-5 with two home runs versus Texas starter Yovani Gallardo.
Insight: Sure the sample size is miniscule, but at the very least he'll be confident and added to his monster start should make him a must start for fantasy owners. Cruz is batting .310 with nine homers and 20 RBI in 18 games this season.
 
4/19/2015 9:24:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz hit a pair of bombs and a walkoff single as Seattle defeated Texas in the bottom of the ninth, 11-10, on Sunday.
Insight: So much for not being able to hit homers at Safeco Field. Until Sunday, all six of Cruz's home runs were on the road, but apparently Cruz is so hot, it doesn't matter what ballpark he is hitting in. Cruz finished 3-for-6 with five RBI and two runs in addition to the bombs. He hit his home runs in the first and third innings. Then, his third hit came with the bases loaded in the ninth, and it scored the game-winning run. Cruz is the hottest hitter in the league as he leads baseball with eight home runs while batting .354 with 14 RBI.
 
4/17/2015 11:32:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz has faced Texas starter Yovani Gallardo just three times and he's walked once and taken him yard twice.
Insight: Considering how hot Cruz is this season, league-leading six homers, walking him sounds like a good strategy.
 
4/12/2015 7:34:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz homered for the second straight day, and this one was massive.
Insight: After Seattle blew a four run lead int he ninth, Cruz came up big with a 10th inning homer. It was his lone ht in four at-bats, and he now has two dingers on the season.
 
4/11/2015 8:02:00 PM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz had his best day of the young season as he went 3-for-5 in the, 5-4, victory over the Athletics on Saturday.
Insight: Cruz had two singles and a three-run homer in the eighth. Cruz had just one hit in the first four games of the season, so it's nice to see the 2014 home run king have a nice Saturday.
 
4/8/2015 9:34:00 AM
Description: Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz registered his first hit with the Mariners on Tuesday.
Insight: Cruz had one of the two hits Seattle recorded versus the Angels as the Mariners lost, 2-0. Cruz was 1-for-3 in the shutout loss. He will probably not hit 40 homers again, but Cruz is a decent option at left field.
 
3/6/2015 10:25:00 AM
Description: Seattle DH/OF Nelson Cruz began his Cactus League season by belting a two-run homer Thursday versus San Diego.
Insight: Cruz leaves hitter-friendly Baltimore for pitcher-friendly Seattle and will be hard-pressed to match last season's 40 homer output, but simply being in the lineup should help Robinson Cano and the top of the Mariners order.
 
12/1/2014 2:08:00 PM
Description: Former Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz has signed a four-year deal with Seattle
Insight: Cruz will leave hitter-friendly Baltimore for Seattle and will be hard-pressed to match last season's 40 homer output. He'll likely bat clean up and protect Robinson Cano in the Mariners lineup.
 
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.