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Nelson Cruz
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Team: SeattleHt / Wt: 6-2 / 230 NFBC ADP: 38.53
Position: RFBorn: 7/1/1980 Birthplace: Las Matas de Santa Cruz, DR
Bats/Throws: R/R Draft: Undrafted by Mets (1998)

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Oct. 1 9:06 AM PT10:06 AM MT11:06 AM CT12:06 PM ET12:06 ET16:06 GMT0:06 9:06 AM MST11:06 AM EST11:36 AM VEN20:06 UAE11:06 AM CT-Cruz went 2 for 4 and hit his 42nd homer in the Mariners' 5-1 win over the A's on Friday.
Analysis: Cruz is 13 for 32 with five homers over his last eight games.
Sep. 27 8:27 PM PT9:27 PM MT10:27 PM CT11:27 PM ET23:27 ET3:27 GMT11:27 8:27 PM MST10:27 PM EST10:57 PM VEN7:27 UAE (+1)10:27 PM CT-Cruz stayed hot Tuesday with a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored.
Analysis: Cruz has posted five consecutive two-hit games, driving in at least one run in all of them. He's totaled 10 RBIs and six runs during that span.
Sep. 27 9:28 PM PT10:28 PM MT11:28 PM CT12:28 AM ET0:28 ET4:28 GMT12:28 9:28 PM MST11:28 PM EST11:58 PM VEN8:28 UAE11:28 PM CT-Despite dealing with a sore left wrist, Cruz was in the lineup Monday and had a pair of hits and an RBI in a 4-3 win.
Analysis: Cruz, who was lifted in the eighth inning, has four straight two-hit games, going 8 for 18 with four homers and nine RBIs.
Sep. 25 1:59 PM PT2:59 PM MT3:59 PM CT4:59 PM ET16:59 ET20:59 GMT4:59 1:59 PM MST3:59 PM EST4:29 PM VEN0:59 UAE (+1)3:59 PM CT-Cruz homered twice before leaving with left wrist soreness, Jesus Sucre homered for the first time in 14 months and the Mariners beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Sunday.
Analysis: Cruz has 41 home runs and 100 RBIs. He homered four times in the three-game series, and has nine in his last 10 games at Target Field. After his wrist was looked at by the team trainer following a big swing and miss leading off the sixth, Cruz hit the next pitch into the left-field seats for a 4-2 lead. It was his third multi-homer game of the season.
Sep. 24 7:36 PM PT8:36 PM MT9:36 PM CT10:36 PM ET22:36 ET2:36 GMT10:36 7:36 PM MST9:36 PM EST10:06 PM VEN6:36 UAE (+1)9:36 PM CT-Cruz made Target Field look small when he hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning on Saturday night that reached the third deck in left field .
Analysis: Cruz's 39th homer of the season would have gone 493 feet had it landed unimpeded, according to Statcast. The drive was the second-longest in the majors this season, just behind Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, who connected for a 504-foot homer off Colorado's Chad Bettis on Aug. 6 at Coors Field.
Sep. 24 10:08 PM PT11:08 PM MT12:08 AM CT1:08 AM ET1:08 ET5:08 GMT13:08 10:08 PM MST12:08 AM EST12:38 AM VEN9:08 UAE12:08 AM CT-Cruz had a big game Friday in a 10-1 win at Minnesota, hitting his 38th homer and driving in four runs.
Analysis: Cruz has 96 RBIs, leaving him four shy of reaching 100 for the second time in his career after also doing it with Baltimore in 2014.
Sep. 19 9:17 AM PT10:17 AM MT11:17 AM CT12:17 PM ET12:17 ET16:17 GMT0:17 9:17 AM MST11:17 AM EST11:47 AM VEN20:17 UAE11:17 AM CT-Cruz went 3 for 4 in Sunday's 7-3 win over the Astros.
Analysis: Cruz had been 1 for 11 over his previous three games, but is batting .414 with six RBIs in his last eight.
Sep. 15 7:26 AM PT8:26 AM MT9:26 AM CT10:26 AM ET10:26 ET14:26 GMT22:26 7:26 AM MST9:26 AM EST9:56 AM VEN18:26 UAE9:26 AM CT-Cruz hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning to give the Mariners a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night at Angel Stadium.
Analysis: Cruz broke a 1-1 tie when he sent an 82 mph slider from reliever Jose Valdez (1-3) into the second row of the stands down the left field line for his 37th home run of the season. Valdez faced just the one batter and threw only two pitches.
Sep. 14 9:03 AM PT10:03 AM MT11:03 AM CT12:03 PM ET12:03 ET16:03 GMT0:03 9:03 AM MST11:03 AM EST11:33 AM VEN20:03 UAE11:03 AM CT-Cruz was a triple away from the cycle in the Mariners' 8-0 rout of the Angels on Tuesday.
Analysis: Cruz is hitting .362 in his first 12 September games with four homers - all against the Angels.
Sep. 12 8:32 AM PT9:32 AM MT10:32 AM CT11:32 AM ET11:32 ET15:32 GMT23:32 8:32 AM MST10:32 AM EST11:02 AM VEN19:32 UAE10:32 AM CT-Cruz had another productive day for the Mariners on Sunday. He went 2 for 4 in a 3-2 win at Oakland.
Analysis: Cruz appears to be heating up with five hits in his last eight at-bats over the past two games.
Sep. 10 8:27 PM PT9:27 PM MT10:27 PM CT11:27 PM ET23:27 ET3:27 GMT11:27 8:27 PM MST10:27 PM EST10:57 PM VEN7:27 UAE (+1)10:27 PM CT-Cruz racked up three hits and three RBIs to help the Mariners to a 14-3 rout of Oakland on Saturday.
Analysis: The slugger has knocked in 10 runs over his last nine games and is hitting .357 (10 for 28) over his past seven. Cruz continues to feast on Oakland pitching as well, as he's now batting .418 with three homers in 14 meetings with the A's this season.
Sep. 7 6:44 AM PT7:44 AM MT8:44 AM CT9:44 AM ET9:44 ET13:44 GMT21:44 6:44 AM MST8:44 AM EST9:14 AM VEN17:44 UAE8:44 AM CT-Cruz knocked in a run for the fifth straight game in Tuesday's 10-7 loss to the Rangers. He went 2 for 5 with a double.
Analysis: Cruz has gone 8 for 22 with three home runs and five RBIs over his last five games.
Sep. 5 9:34 AM PT10:34 AM MT11:34 AM CT12:34 PM ET12:34 ET16:34 GMT0:34 9:34 AM MST11:34 AM EST12:04 PM VEN20:34 UAE11:34 AM CT-Cruz went 2 for 4 with his 35th home run of the season Sunday.
Analysis: Cruz has homered in three straight games, but they were all solo shots. He's batting .205 with four RBIs in his last 10 games.
Sep. 3 9:16 AM PT10:16 AM MT11:16 AM CT12:16 PM ET12:16 ET16:16 GMT0:16 9:16 AM MST11:16 AM EST11:46 AM VEN20:16 UAE11:16 AM CT-Cruz belted his 33rd home run of the season in Friday's win over the Angels after missing two games with a nerve issue in his right hand.
Analysis: Cruz had gone 4 for 26 (.154) with no homers in his final seven games of August. He's gone deep six times in 14 games against the Angels this year.
Aug. 31 9:05 PM PT10:05 PM MT11:05 PM CT12:05 AM ET0:05 ET4:05 GMT12:05 9:05 PM MST11:05 PM EST11:35 PM VEN8:05 UAE11:05 PM CT-Cruz missed his second straight game Wednesday with a nerve issue in his left hand that affects his grip on the bat. Seattle manager Scott Servais said he was responding to medication and should be in the lineup Friday against the Angels following an off day.
Analysis: The Mariners have lost five straight and eight of nine so missing Cruz for any length of time would be a big problem. Cruz leads the Mariners with 32 homers and is third with 79 RBIs.
Aug. 23 12:42 PM PT1:42 PM MT2:42 PM CT3:42 PM ET15:42 ET19:42 GMT3:42 12:42 PM MST2:42 PM EST3:12 PM VEN23:42 UAE2:42 PM CT-Cruz contributed his 32nd home run in the eighth inning to give the Mariners some insurance in Monday's key 7-5 win over the Yankees.
Analysis: The 36-year-old is showing no signs of a slowdown as Seattle enters the stretch run. Cruz has homered in five of his last 12 games and is hitting .370 over his past 14 for the surging Mariners.
Aug. 22 10:22 AM PT11:22 AM MT12:22 PM CT1:22 PM ET13:22 ET17:22 GMT1:22 10:22 AM MST12:22 PM EST12:52 PM VEN21:22 UAE12:22 PM CT-Cruz finished 2 for 4 with an RBI in Sunday's loss to Milwaukee.
Analysis: The slugger is maintaining his place as a fixture in fantasy lineups by hitting .380 with four homers and 11 runs scored over his past 13 games.
Aug. 19 7:13 AM PT8:13 AM MT9:13 AM CT10:13 AM ET10:13 ET14:13 GMT22:13 7:13 AM MST9:13 AM EST9:43 AM VEN18:13 UAE9:13 AM CT-Cruz hit his 31st homer of the season Thursday.
Analysis: He's hit four solo shots in his last eight games and is batting .368 with seven extra-base hits and nine runs scored in his past 10 contests.
Aug. 16 10:29 AM PT11:29 AM MT12:29 PM CT1:29 PM ET13:29 ET17:29 GMT1:29 10:29 AM MST12:29 PM EST12:59 PM VEN21:29 UAE12:29 PM CT-Cruz homered among his two hits and scored twice in Monday's win over the Angels.
Analysis: The solo shot was Cruz's third homer in five games and 30th this season, and he's hitting .444 over a seven-game stretch. His 114 homers since the start of 2014 are the most in the majors.
Aug. 14 1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 PM CT-Cruz hit his 29th home run and finished 2 for 4 in Saturday's win at Oakland.
Analysis: As he draws closer to a third consecutive 30-homer campaign, Cruz is 9 for 19 with a pair of long balls over his last five games.
Aug. 11 11:11 AM PT12:11 PM MT1:11 PM CT2:11 PM ET14:11 ET18:11 GMT2:11 11:11 AM MST1:11 PM EST1:41 PM VEN22:11 UAE1:11 PM CT-Cruz went 3 for 4 on Wednesday and hit the go-ahead solo homer in the eighth inning of a 3-1 win over Detroit.
Analysis: Cruz was 7 for 12 with four extra-base hits in that three-game series with the Tigers. Now he enters a three-game set in Oakland, and Cruz has batted .457 in nine games against the A's this season.
Aug. 10 12:57 PM PT1:57 PM MT2:57 PM CT3:57 PM ET15:57 ET19:57 GMT3:57 12:57 PM MST2:57 PM EST3:27 PM VEN23:57 UAE2:57 PM CT-Cruz had two hits and hit his first triple of the season as the Mariners rallied twice to beat Detroit 6-5 in 15 innings Tuesday night for their season-high fifth straight victory.
Analysis: Cruz also had two hits in Monday's series opener. The Mariners face Justin Verlander on Wednesday, and Cruz is batting just .179 with seven strikeouts in 28 career at-bats against the Detroit right-hander.
Aug. 9 9:54 AM PT10:54 AM MT11:54 AM CT12:54 PM ET12:54 ET16:54 GMT0:54 9:54 AM MST11:54 AM EST12:24 PM VEN20:54 UAE11:54 AM CT-Cruz had two hits and scored a run in Monday's 3-0 win over Detroit.
Analysis: Cruz had gone 3 for 27 in the first seven games of the Mariners' 10-game homestand. He has an .819 OPS at home and .953 on the road.
Aug. 4 8:24 AM PT9:24 AM MT10:24 AM CT11:24 AM ET11:24 ET15:24 GMT23:24 8:24 AM MST10:24 AM EST10:54 AM VEN19:24 UAE10:24 AM CT-Cruz homered for the second time in four games Wednesday to give him 27 on the season.
Analysis: After going nine games in a row without an RBI, Cruz has gone deep four times and driven in 11 runs in his last nine contests. However, he's batting just .242 in that stretch.
July 28 7:46 AM PT8:46 AM MT9:46 AM CT10:46 AM ET10:46 ET14:46 GMT22:46 7:46 AM MST9:46 AM EST10:16 AM VEN18:46 UAE9:46 AM CT-Cruz was not in the lineup in Pittsburgh on Wednesday after fouling a ball off his left foot Tuesday night.
Analysis: Manager Scott Servais said he held the slugger out primarily because the designated hitter rule was not in effect in an NL park. The Mariners' next game is also in an NL park as they take on the Cubs on Friday.
July 23 2:31 PM PT3:31 PM MT4:31 PM CT5:31 PM ET17:31 ET21:31 GMT5:31 2:31 PM MST4:31 PM EST5:01 PM VEN1:31 UAE (+1)4:31 PM CT-Cruz hit his ninth career grand slam and homered twice to drive in seven runs and the Mariners routed the Blue Jays 14-5 on Saturday.
Analysis: Cruz's homers were his first since July 7, though he's batting .471 during a four-game hitting streak. Seattle faces J.A Happ on Sunday, and Cruz is 8 for 15 against the left-hander in his career.
July 22 6:59 PM PT7:59 PM MT8:59 PM CT9:59 PM ET21:59 ET1:59 GMT9:59 6:59 PM MST8:59 PM EST9:29 PM VEN5:59 UAE (+1)8:59 PM CT-Cruz went 2 for 4 on Friday.
Analysis: Cruz is 6 for 12 over his last three games, but the hits have all been singles and he has one extra-base hit while not driving in a run in his past nine contests.
July 20 10:31 AM PT11:31 AM MT12:31 PM CT1:31 PM ET13:31 ET17:31 GMT1:31 10:31 AM MST12:31 PM EST1:01 PM VEN21:31 UAE12:31 PM CT-Cruz ended 3 for 4 in Tuesday's loss to the White Sox.
Analysis: Though he's been in a power drought of late, Cruz has gone 8 for 19 over his last six games to raise his season average to .284.
July 17 5:57 PM PT6:57 PM MT7:57 PM CT8:57 PM ET20:57 ET0:57 GMT8:57 5:57 PM MST7:57 PM EST8:27 PM VEN4:57 UAE (+1)7:57 PM CT-Cruz returned to the lineup Sunday after missing Saturday's game because he fouled a ball off his left foot.
Analysis: Cruz went 2 for 2 and is 8 for 30 (.267) with 13 strikeouts in his last nine games.
July 16 4:40 PM PT5:40 PM MT6:40 PM CT7:40 PM ET19:40 ET23:40 GMT7:40 4:40 PM MST6:40 PM EST7:10 PM VEN3:40 UAE (+1)6:40 PM CT-Cruz was scratched from the lineup for Saturday's game against Houston due to a sore left foot.
Analysis: Cruz fouled a ball off his foot in Friday's game, though the injury isn't a major concern.
July 8 10:21 AM PT11:21 AM MT12:21 PM CT1:21 PM ET13:21 ET17:21 GMT1:21 10:21 AM MST12:21 PM EST12:51 PM VEN21:21 UAE12:21 PM CT-Cruz hit his 23rd home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Royals.
Analysis: Cruz has gone deep in three of his last six games and has seven homers over his past 14. All but one of his 13 hits in that span have gone for extra bases.
July 6 7:54 AM PT8:54 AM MT9:54 AM CT10:54 AM ET10:54 ET14:54 GMT22:54 7:54 AM MST9:54 AM EST10:24 AM VEN18:54 UAE9:54 AM CT-Cruz's 22nd home run gave Seattle a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning, but that was all the scoring the Mariners did Tuesday in a 5-2 loss to the Astros.
Analysis: Cruz is only hitting .215 over his last 17 games, but 11 of his 14 hits have gone for extra bases.
June 29 8:03 AM PT9:03 AM MT10:03 AM CT11:03 AM ET11:03 ET15:03 GMT23:03 8:03 AM MST10:03 AM EST10:33 AM VEN19:03 UAE10:03 AM CT-Cruz hit his 20th home run of the season and the Mariners beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Analysis: It was his 11th homer this season off a left-hander, and Cruz became the only current player with at least 20 home runs in every season since 2009. David Ortiz and Brian McCann can also reach that mark this season.
June 27 10:29 PM PT11:29 PM MT12:29 AM CT1:29 AM ET1:29 ET5:29 GMT13:29 10:29 PM MST12:29 AM EST12:59 AM VEN9:29 UAE12:29 AM CT-Cruz finished 2 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs in Sunday's loss to St. Louis.
Analysis: The Seattle slugger has homered three times in his last four games and is up to 19 with 51 RBIs in what's been another productive season.
June 24 8:48 AM PT9:48 AM MT10:48 AM CT11:48 AM ET11:48 ET15:48 GMT23:48 8:48 AM MST10:48 AM EST11:18 AM VEN19:48 UAE10:48 AM CT-Cruz homered twice in Thursday's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Tigers. Both were solo shots.
Analysis: Owners are hoping this gets the slugger back on track after he had gone 3 for 26 with 10 strikeouts over his previous six games.
June 16 8:37 AM PT9:37 AM MT10:37 AM CT11:37 AM ET11:37 ET15:37 GMT23:37 8:37 AM MST10:37 AM EST11:07 AM VEN19:37 UAE10:37 AM CT-Cruz stayed hot with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 3-2, 13-inning loss at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Cruz has batted .344 with six homers and 14 RBIs over his last 16 games.
June 15 9:53 AM PT10:53 AM MT11:53 AM CT12:53 PM ET12:53 ET16:53 GMT0:53 9:53 AM MST11:53 AM EST12:23 PM VEN20:53 UAE11:53 AM CT-Cruz went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI in Tuesday's 8-7 loss at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Cruz hasn't homered in his last six games, but he's hitting .350 with five homers and 12 RBIs in his last 15 games.
June 8 10:00 PM PT11:00 PM MT12:00 AM CT1:00 AM ET1:00 ET5:00 GMT13:00 10:00 PM MST12:00 AM EST12:30 AM VEN9:00 UAE12:00 AM CT-Cruz homered twice Tuesday for the Mariners.
Analysis: Cruz is batting .345 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 15 games.
May 31 10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE12:10 PM CT-Cruz went 2 for 4 with an RBI in Monday's win over San Diego.
Analysis: Cruz's boomstick has been doing some damage of late, as he's hitting .354 with three homers and 12 RBIs over his past 13 games.
May 26 4:16 PM PT5:16 PM MT6:16 PM CT7:16 PM ET19:16 ET23:16 GMT7:16 4:16 PM MST6:16 PM EST6:46 PM VEN3:16 UAE (+1)6:16 PM CT-Cruz stayed hot with three hits, including a two-run homer, in Wednesday's rout of Oakland.
Analysis: Cruz is hitting .367 with five homers and 15 RBIs over a strong 14-game stretch for the AL West-leading Mariners.
May 18 11:26 PM PT12:26 AM MT1:26 AM CT2:26 AM ET2:26 ET6:26 GMT14:26 11:26 PM MST1:26 AM EST1:56 AM VEN10:26 UAE1:26 AM CT-Cruz homered and drove in five runs Tuesday.
Analysis: Cruz went 3 for 3 against his former team at Camden Yards.
May 3 12:00 PM PT1:00 PM MT2:00 PM CT3:00 PM ET15:00 ET19:00 GMT3:00 12:00 PM MST2:00 PM EST2:30 PM VEN23:00 UAE2:00 PM CT-Cruz went 3 for 4 on Monday.
Analysis: Cruz is hitting .360 on the road.
Apr. 24 3:41 PM PT4:41 PM MT5:41 PM CT6:41 PM ET18:41 ET22:41 GMT6:41 3:41 PM MST5:41 PM EST6:11 PM VEN2:41 UAE (+1)5:41 PM CT-Cruz homered for the second straight day on Saturday.
Analysis: He has four in 18 games and six RBIs in his last three.
Apr. 23 3:42 PM PT4:42 PM MT5:42 PM CT6:42 PM ET18:42 ET22:42 GMT6:42 3:42 PM MST5:42 PM EST6:12 PM VEN2:42 UAE (+1)5:42 PM CT-Cruz hit his third home run and drove in three runs on Friday.
Analysis: He has five RBIs in his last two games.
Apr. 11 3:34 PM PT4:34 PM MT5:34 PM CT6:34 PM ET18:34 ET22:34 GMT6:34 3:34 PM MST5:34 PM EST6:04 PM VEN2:34 UAE (+1)5:34 PM CT-Cruz went 2 for 4 with a double in Sunday's 2-1 loss to Oakland.
Analysis: Cruz had been just 4 for 19 over his previous five games.
Apr. 6 3:30 PM PT4:30 PM MT5:30 PM CT6:30 PM ET18:30 ET22:30 GMT6:30 3:30 PM MST5:30 PM EST6:00 PM VEN2:30 UAE (+1)5:30 PM CT-Cruz hit his first home run on Tuesday.
Analysis: It was a fourth inning solo shot. He finished 2 for 4 with three runs scored.

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