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Nelson Cruz (LF,RF,DH)

Seattle Mariners - 99% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

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.