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Nelson Cruz (LF,RF,DH)

Seattle Mariners - 98% owned

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Bats: R, Throws: R

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.