Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 7 days ago

Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The slugger had just two homers to his name prior to beginning the weekend series, but he has gone deep in back-to-back games to double his total. Cruz has a track record as a player who is capable of hitting home runs in bunches, so potential owners should take note.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 1 week ago

Cruz went 1-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Friday at the Angels.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz's third blast of the season came with a runner on base, and extended the Mariners lead in the 10th inning to help ensure the victory. He's been struggling to find his power stroke, as the bomb was his first extra-base hit in his last five contests, and his OPS now sits at.855.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 weeks ago

Cruz was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Yankees.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran slugger knocked around CC Sabathia for a pair of two-baggers, making it his fourth multi-hit effort in the last six games. Cruz also has three doubles over the last two contests, and is providing plenty of offense in the early going despite only having two homers. He's currently slashing .279/.367/.558, a line that stands to improve once Cruz begins to truly hit his stride power-wise.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 3 weeks ago

Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI against the Rangers on Monday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz has delivered no shortage of extra-base hits, with three doubles and a pair of dingers already. For that reason it's puzzling that he has only driven in four runs so far, though that number should start to skyrocket as other Mariners start getting on base more in front of him.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 4 weeks ago

Cruz hit his first homer of the season in a 2-for-3 game with an RBI and three runs scored Tuesday against the Rangers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz also doubled to raise his slugging percentage on the young season to a clean 1.000. Nobody has more home runs in the past two calendar years than Cruz's 82, and he should be considered among the favorites to lead the league in home runs again in 2016.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 1 month ago

Cruz hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning Friday for his third home run of spring training.

Competitive Edge Analysis

All of Cruz's home runs have come in the last week, as he appears to be finding his groove after starting spring training 1-for-20. He has six hits in his last 16 at-bats.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 1 month ago

Cruz homered Friday for the first time this spring.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz is having a tough spring, as he's 2-for-21 with two walks. Manager Scott Servais said earlier in spring training that Cruz was having timing issues. Perhaps he's figured that out now.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Cruz made his first start in the field of the spring Sunday against the Reds.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz went 0-for-3 in the game and is now 0-for-13 on the season. "Just timing issues," Mariners manager Scott Servais said of Cruz. "He didn't play for the first three to four games and is a little behind. But he's healthy. He's fine. He just needs to get his timing down. He's not swinging at great pitches right now, either. But his knee is fine. No problem there."

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Cruz (knee) will serve as the designated hitter in Saturday's split-squad game against the Dodgers, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After playing right field Wednesday for the first time this spring, Cruz sat Thursday and Friday and is now back at DH on Saturday. There has been no word of a setback with his knee injury, though, so it seems the Mariners are just exercising caution with the 35-year-old.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 months ago

Cruz (knee) went 0-for-3 while serving as the designated hitter in Monday's spring game.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He was not in the lineup Tuesday, as the Mariners are exercising caution with Cruz after he reported some knee soreness last week. The 35-year-old is not expected to play the outfield in spring games until later this week. Cruz had no known history of knee issues prior to this setback.