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Nelson Cruz (RF,DH)

Seattle Mariners - 66% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Nelson Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk in Friday's victory over the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: The entire Mariners lineup struggled as they only produced one hit. Cruz is now hitless in his last two games and holds a .262 batting average. He is does however have a healthy .351 OBP and his power has come along slowly. While he continues to get on track with the power, he has been providing production in other areas.


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Nelson Cruz finished 0-for-3 with a walk in the Mariners' 3-2 win over the Astros on Monday night. Cruz now has an .878 OPS in 73 at-bats this season.

Fantasy Impact: The hitting streak that Cruz came off of shows the full breath of Cruz's skills, as he clubbed two home runs and knocked in seven RBI to move his season totals to 10 extra-base hits and 12 RBI. Cruz has a .274 batting average and fantasy owners would buy an average of .270-.280 for a full season, assuming that Cruz is around his seasonal norms of 35-40 home runs and 100 or more RBI. He is a top power option in baseball and a high-tier OF2.


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Nelson Cruz drives in two RBI

Thu, Apr 21st 6:56pm EDT
By Kyle Smith

Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a walk in Thursday's extra innings victory over the Indians.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz is batting a respectable .271. However the bigger issue is his power stroke as he has only sent two balls out for home runs to start the year. Some might say that his age is finally catching up to him but you have to give him some time before declaring anything that drastic.


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Nelson Cruz finished 1-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts against the Indians on Wednesday night. The Mariners' slugger has a .826 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Wednesday's game gives Cruz a hit in eight of his last 10 games, but he has been held without an extra base hit, run scored, or RBI over the last three games. After posting four multi-hit games over his previous six games, Cruz only has two hits in his last three games, seeing his batting average drop to .259. Cruz has yet to show his power stroke from the past, as he only has two home runs this season, but he does have six doubles this season. The doubles will turn into home runs for this OF1 and fantasy owners will see 35-40 home runs from the 35-year-old rightfielder.


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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI.

Fantasy Impact: His double in the fifth drove in Robinson Cano for the go-ahead and eventual game winning run. Cruz is starting to pick it up at the plate as he has raised his average to .279. Driving in runs has been a problem so far however as he has five RBI and just two home runs. It is a good sign to see Cruz hitting for extra-bases and the home runs are surely going to follow.


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It has been an up and down start to the 2016 season for Nelson Cruz, but he does have three doubles and two home runs for the Mariners and has four walks and only four strikeouts. He does only have a .229 batting average in 35 at-bats after back-to-back hitless nights.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners looked to add Cruz for his power, and his .486 slugging percentage is more than acceptable, but he was also a .302 hitter in 2015, so fantasy owners were looking for a more complete performance than this from Cruz. The high batting average for Cruz in 2015 could be an outlier, though, as he batted no better than .271 in any of the previous four seasons. He is a top-10 OF with his power alone and can be trusted for 35-40 home runs.


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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: The Mariners only put one run on the board in a 10-inning loss to the Athletics. Cruz has come out of the gates slowly with only one home run and one RBI. He did raise his average to .261 and the power is surely going to come soon.


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Nelson Cruz picks up one hit

Sun, Apr 10th 12:21am EDT
By Kyle Smith

Nelson Cruz went 1-for-4 in Saturday's loss to the Athletics.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has gotten off to a slow start, as he is batting just .211 with one home run and one RBI. Despite having two plus-match ups the last two games, Cruz has gone just 1-for-8. The Boom Stick will breakout eventually and it can't come soon enough, as the Mariners are scuffling on offense right now.


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Nelson Cruz singled for his only hit in Wednesday's victory over the Rangers. Overall, he went 1-for-5.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz is batting .273 in the young season with one home run and three RBI. He may still be finding his groove at the plate after missing some Spring action. He is going to be better than he was on Wednesday most nights so do not be scared away from him in daily fantasy leagues.


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Nelson Cruz went 0-for-3 with a walk in a loss to the Rangers on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz struggled to make good contact at the plate against Cole Hamels. His spring was shortened due to knee soreness and it may take him a bit longer to get into the swing of things at the plate. As long as he is healthy and batting in the middle of a solid Mariners lineup, he should once again be one of the best power options in fantasy.


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Nelson Cruz collects two hits

Thu, Mar 24th 7:58pm EDT
By Kyle Smith

Nelson Cruz is starting to hit a little better by going 2-for-4 with an RBI and his first double of the Spring.

Fantasy Impact: This performance brought Cruz's average up to .152. He also saw time at right field in this one as he will play around 50 games in the outfield this season. Despite the slow Spring, Cruz is locked in as one of the game's biggest power threats and should be picked within the first three to four rounds in fantasy leagues.


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Nelson Cruz continues a slow spring

Thu, Mar 17th 12:52am EDT
By Kyle Smith

Nelson Cruz has struggled this spring after his 1-for-3 performance today brought his average up to .056.

Fantasy Impact: This is really nothing to be worried about as Cruz is still finding his stroke at the plate. He started the spring with a small setback with knee soreness and that may explain his slow start out of the gates. Cruz is still worthy of a third round selection and expect him to be one of the premier sluggers in baseball.


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Nelson Cruz has been held hitless this spring over seven at-bats. His debut was delayed due to a sore knee.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has nothing to prove this spring other than the fact he's healthy. After hitting 40 home runs with the Orioles in 2014 and moving to a much more pitcher-friendly park over that offseason, he managed to improve upon his career year. Cruz posted an OPS of .936 with 44 HRs and 93 RBI. Our experts like him to return value at his current ADP of 39. He projects to once again reach the 30-HR, 100-RBI mark.


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Nelson Cruz will sit out the Mariners Cactus League opener with a sore knee. Manager Scott Servais said that the injury is not serious but he may miss a few games. (Source: Greg Johns on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The report is that the soreness is very minor and the Mariners are just being cautious with their slugger. Cruz is a guy the Mariners need in the lineup everyday and will not push him over the course of Spring Training in order to keep him fresh and ready to go for the season opener.


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Mariners manager Scott Servais noted that Nelson Cruz would likely see more time as the designated hitter this season. (Source: Tacoma News Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Cruz enjoys playing the field and seems to perform better at the plate when he does. However, the Mariners have Nori Aoki, Leonys Martin, Franklin Gutierrez, and Seth Smith that will man the outfield the majority of the time. The most important thing for the Mariners is to keep Cruz healthy and using him at designated hitter is the most obvious option to accomplish that goal. He will still see some time in the outfield but it is unlikely he plays in the field more than he did in 2015 (80 games). Cruz proved that his power travels well to all parks and is a solid high-end fantasy outfielder, especially for owners who seek power production.


Nelson Cruz followed up and 0-for-4 performance on Sunday with another 0-for-4 night on Monday. To make matters worse he struck out in all four plate appearances.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the last couple of games Cruz has been fantasy elite. Even with missing some time due to injury he has racked up 43 home runs, 90 RBI, 88 R, and has batted .304. He has crushed every expectation the Mariners had for him when they signed him and he will be an early round selection in fantasy drafts in 2016.


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Mariners OF/DH Nelson Cruz went 0 for 4 against the Angels on Sunday. He did score a run, salvaging his otherwise bad day. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has been a delight for owners this season. He is currently tied for the MLB lead with home runs with 43. He is certainly a good bet to hit at least one more homer before the season ends.


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After being held out of the lineup earlier last week, Nelson Cruz returned on Thursday, and has since gone 5-for-12 with two home runs and five runs batted in.

Fantasy Impact: While the Mariners and Orioles have little to play for in the waning games of 2015, watching to home run battle between Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz should be spectacular fun. Cruz is fully healthy after missing eight days and is ready to mash.


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The Mariners held Nelson Cruz out of their lineup again on Monday. The slugger continues to recover from a quad injury. (Source: Seattle Times)

Fantasy Impact: Cruz told reporters that he's hopeful he'll be ready to return soon. Owners should monitor, as he feels he'll be able to DH in the next few days.


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Nelson Cruz homers again

Thu, Aug 27th 2:20pm EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Nelson Cruz homered for the second consecutive game, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has been putting together his best month yet in August, posting an OPS of 1.265. He's been extremely solid, besides his lackluster June, posting an OPS over 1.000 in every other month.


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The Mariners slugger has been the lone bright spot in the team's offense for much of the season and has stayed hot through August, following up his league-leading 21-game hitting streak by reaching base in 30 consecutive games.

Fantasy Impact: With the weather heating up, Cruz appears capable of matching with heat of his own. The RF/DH is slashing .367/.449/.883 in the month of August with nine HR and should continue to start for owners down the stretch.


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The AL home run leader sat out Tuesday's game with tightness in his neck and was held out on Wednesday as a precaution. After Thursday's off day, Cruz says "it's much better already, I'll be playing Friday, for sure." (Source: Tacoma News Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has historically faded late in the season and has come up on a number of hindering injuries. However, he has had a number of similar issues with his back and neck this season and returned after a few days with no seeming ill effects. If Cruz is in the Mariners lineup, he should be starting in yours.


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Nelson Cruz hit his 33rd home run of the season Sunday against Texas, tying Mike Trout for the league lead. Cruz extended his 17-game hitting streak, as well as his nine-game XBH streak.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz is on a tear right now and is showing no signs of letting up. While he has historically faded somewhat down the stretch, he has tied his career high for home runs in August with six home runs in only eight games so far. Ride him with confidence the rest of the season.


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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a single, a double, and two runs scored against the Rockies on Wednesday. He also walked and struckout once, and stole a base.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz snapped his five-game HR streak, and decided to show off some speed on Wednesday instead. Cruz is now sixth overall on the player rater, and would potentially be the front-runner for AL MVP if it wasn't for some guy named Mike Trout.


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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a walk, a strikeout, a single, and a solo-HR against the Rockies on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has a 15-game hitting streak going now, to go with the five-game home run one (his second such HR streak this season). Cruz is ninth in the majors in batting average at .323, and is second only to Mike Trout in homers with 31.


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Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a walk, two singles, and a solo-HR against the Rockies on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has been crushing the ball even more than usual lately, now with four straight games with a homer, and 30 overall. Cruz also has had multi-hit efforts in every game during that stretch, batting a ludicrous .688. Cruz is on pace to almost match his runs (87) and RBI (108) from last season, but he is likely to surpass his HR total (40), and smash his avg (.271).


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Nelson Cruz went 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, and a two-run homer against the Twins on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz finished July off with a bang, blasting his 27th homer, tying him for sixth in MLB. Cruz had a disappointing June, but returned to being a fantasy monster in July, batting .336 with a 1.011 OPS, eight homers, 17 RBI, and 16 runs. Fantasy owners should ride him all the way to the finish.


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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a RBI-single and a two-run HR against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz continues to mash in the month of July, batting at a .330 clip this month, with six homers, and 14 runs and RBI. Cruz led the league last year with 40 homers, and that number is well within reach for him this season, along with surpassing the 100 RBI mark (currently at 60).


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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-5 with a single and a two-run HR against the Padres on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz started July off with a bang, hitting his 20th home run of the season which ties him for 7th in MLB. Cruz is somehow on pace to top last season's amazing output, as his average is much higher (currently .307, .271 in '14), and the RBI and homers are right on track.


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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a single, a double, and a RBI against the Angels on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: The RBI was the 45th for Cruz, tying him for 20th in MLB. However, while the multi-hit effort was nice, Cruz has struggled mightily in June. He's batting .234 on the month with only one homer and seven RBI. Keep Cruz active in all formats, but he might need the All-Star Break to get back to normal.


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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-2 with two singles, two walks, a RBI, and a run scored against the Astros on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz hasn't been the same player in June that he was earlier in the season, batting .246 with no home runs and only four RBI so far this month. Friday's game was a small reminder of his potential, even though the hits were just singles. Keep him active in all formats and hope for a resurgence.


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Nelson Cruz was kept out of the lineup on Wednesday due to back spasms. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cruz was available to pinch hit which seems to indicate that it isn't too serious of an issue, but just precautionary because of the tightness the slugger felt in his back in the previous game. Monitor to see if Cruz is active for Thursday's game, but he should return to your fantasy lineup soon.


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Nelson Cruz went 1-for-5 with a RBI-single, a walk, and two strikeouts against the Yankees on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has cooled off just a bit lately, but the RBI has him tied for fifth in the majors, so his star power is still going strong even when he's not blasting homers.


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Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double and a solo-HR on Friday against the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz continues to be a monster in real and fantasy baseball, crushing to the tune of a .354 average, and now a ridiculous 17 homers. He's in a battle with Bryce Harper (currently at 16) for the league lead, but even if he doesn't win it, Cruz remains one of the hottest players in MLB.


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Nelson Cruz went 1-for-3 with a single, two walks, and a run scored against the Orioles on Thursday. He also struckout twice.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz has been amazing this year, second only to Bryce Harper on the player rater, and even on a middling day he manages to produce. Cruz is in the top three in batting average, homers, and RBIs, and should be active in all fantasy formats, including daily as his consistency is incredible.


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Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 2-4 with a home run and two RBIs in Tuesday's 11-4 win over the San Diego Padres. Cruz leads the majors with 15 home runs and ranks second in the AL with 29 RBI.

Fantasy Impact: The solo shot snapped a rare five-game homer drought for Cruz, who still leads the majors in long balls by a healthy margin. Cruz wasn't the only one to get in the action on Tuesday, as the Mariners totaled six home runs. There's no reason to be sitting Cruz in any format at the moment.


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Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz went 2-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk and a run in Saturday's 7-2 win over the Oakland Athletics. Cruz remains tied for second in the majors in RBI, trailing only Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: A rare four-game homerless drought hasn't lowered Cruz's fantasy value at all, as he keeps on producing. Cruz is one of the top three or four fantasy scorers in any format.


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Nelson Cruz stayed hot at the plate Monday, driving in his 14th home run of the season. It was a solo shot in the top of the seventh inning that gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead at that point in the game. This was his lone hit of the night and he did strikeout twice.

Fantasy Impact: You are getting a great return on your investment if you were smart enough to draft Cruz this year. He has been on a ridiculous pace and has 26 RBI already just one month into the season. Cruz was also named AL player of the month for April. This was the first time he has received this honor, and it was well deserved.


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Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz went 2-4 with a solo home run, a walk and two runs scored in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers. Cruz is tied fore the major league lead with 10 home runs.

Fantasy Impact: This was Cruz's most impressive home run yet, as it landed in the second deck in Arlington and measured 483 feet, the longest homer of the season. Obviously Cruz needs to be started in any format, as he's having the type of season that could carry fantasy owners to a championship.


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Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz went 1-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins. It was Cruz's ninth home run and 18th RBI of the season, both of which lead the majors.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz continues his ridiculous tear with no signs of slowing down, as all nine home runs and 18 RBI have come in a span of 12 games. Fantasy owners should obviously be starting him, and Cruz is a must-have in daily games right now as well.


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Seattle Mariners outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz went 1-4 with an RBI in a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: While it's nothing compared to what we've been seing out of Cruz the past few games, at least he got a couple of points Wednesday. Cruz leads the majors in home runs and RBIs, meaning he clearly needs to be started on a daily basis. Hopefully Seattle's off day on Thursday doesn't cool him off any.


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Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz continued his hot streak in a loss to the Houston Astros on Monday night, going 2-5 with a double, a run and two RBIs. Cruz has now hit safely in his last nine games.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz is on an almost unbelievable tear over those nine games, going 16-28 with eight home runs and 16 RBI. Such a pace obviously can't continue, but fantasy owners need to be starting Cruz daily now and likely for the rest of the season.


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The 2014 MLB leader in home runs has been absolutely lethal to start the season, already hitting his fifth home run of the year. Nelson Cruz has done this all in the last four games. Over that span Cruz also has six runs, eight RBI, seven hits and has drawn three walks.

Fantasy Impact: This has been much needed for the Mariners and fantasy owners. Cruz started the year slowly before this four game stretch. The home runs will continue to come from the powerful right handed bat.


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Seattle Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz went 2-4 with two home runs and 3 RBI in Monday's loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Any concerns about Cruz's slow start should be gone, as he has homered in three straight games. Cruz appeared in right field for the fifth time this season in addition to two starts at DH, so fantasy owners should be playing him on an everyday basis.


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Nelson Cruz played hero in the 8-7 win against the Athletics, blasting a home run to left field off Tyler Clippard in the 10th inning. Cruz also had one strikeout, and one walk in the game. This was also the second straight game that Cruz has hit a home run.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz lead the MLB in home runs last year with 40, so this is a good sign that he is hitting them early on this season. The major knock on Cruz coming into the season was that his home run numbers would be down thanks to the unfriendly Safeco Field, which is not a hitters park. Cruz has still yet to hit a home run at Safeco this season, but his power has already been put on display early this year.


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Nelson Cruz blasts a home run

Sun, Mar 22nd 1:53am EDT
By Kyle Smith

Nelson Cruz had a solid day at the plate on Saturday against the Cubs. He went 1-1 with a home run, one RBI, and also walked once.

Fantasy Impact: Cruz was the marquee acquisition for a surging Seattle Mariners ball club. He will be sandwiched between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager and be counted on to provide some much needed punch. He likely won't replicate the 40+ home runs he had in Baltimore in 2014 but he should still provide very good power for fantasy owners this year.


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ESPN's Enrique Rojas is reporting that free agent OF/DH, Nelson Cruz and the Seattle Mariners have agreed in principal to a 4-year, $57 million dollar contract. According to the Dominican newspaper Rojas cites, Cruz is scheduled to leave for the United States shortly for a physical and to finalize the deal. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The change in ballpark could have some effect on the raw home run totals, but make no mistake about it, Cruz's power is elite and will play in any ballpark. A return to 40-home runs was unlikely regardless of his home ballpark, if for no other reason than the fact he's only had two seasons in which he's registered more than 475 at-bats. Presumably Cruz will hit 4th in the Mariners' lineup, between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager, giving the slugger ample opportunity for runs and RBI. Cruz will continue to be a very reliable power source heading into the 2015 season.