Texas Rangers
2014 Avg.
.256
 
Career Avg.
.266
Name  Nelson Cruz
Born  7/1/1980
Height  6-2
Weight  230
Number  23
Position  DH
Bats  R
Throws  R
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.
 
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.