Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 5 days ago

Cruz went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs in Wednesday's 13-3 rout of Oakland.

Competitive Edge Analysis

His 10th long ball of the year helped push his season OPS back over .900, and Cruz remains on pace to roughly approximate the 40-homer campaigns he's thrown down for the past two years. He's had an up-and-down career, but amazingly has put together his most consistent stretch ever in his early-to-mid 30s. And he's extra hot lately, notching three homers and 11 RBI over his last nine games.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 weeks ago

Mariners manager Scott Servais plans to play Cruz in right field for all three games of an upcoming series in Cincinnati, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Mariners obviously prefer to keep Cruz out of the field, but not at the expense of losing his bat in a National League ballpark. He could be in for a big weekend, facing a poor pitching staff at a homer-friendly stadium.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 2 weeks ago

Cruz homered and knocked in five runs in a 3-for-3 performance with a walk in Monday's win over the Orioles.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz now has three home runs in his past five games. The hot streak has raised his slugging percentage from .454 to .511 and he is now on pace for 34 home runs despite the slow (by his standards) start. Cruz has shown excellent plate discipline this season, with a 10.2 percent walk rate that would be his highest of the decade powering a .379 on-base percentage. That discipline can only help his quest for a third consecutive 40-homer season.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 3 weeks ago

Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk and his sixth homer of the year, off Rays' starter Chris Archer, in Wednesday extra-inning victory.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After mashing 40-plus homers in each of the past two season, the power-hitting DH is currently on pace to hit less than 30 this season. Cruz hit .304/.375/.517 at home in 2015, but has only managed to slash .196/.328/.373 through his first 51 at-bats in 2016 at Safeco Field. His slow start is a bit concerning because Cruz has typically racked up good numbers in April and May over the past few seasons.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 3 weeks ago

Cruz is back in the lineup Monday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz was held out of action Sunday due to a bruised right forearm, but the ailment was never considered serious, and he'll return to his usual DH spot Monday. Cruz will bat cleanup against the Rays' Matt Moore.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 3 weeks ago

Cruz will be held out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros due to a bruised right forearm, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was initially believed that Cruz was just sitting out Sunday for maintenance purposes, but the outfielder is actually hurting a bit due to the injury. However, since he's only dealing with a contusion, an extended absence doesn't seem to be in store for Cruz, who could be back in the lineup as soon as Monday against the Rays. Dae-Ho Lee will serve as the DH in Cruz's stead Sunday.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 3 weeks ago

Cruz is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz went 1-for-5 in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Astros but will now get the day off as Dae-Ho Lee replaces him at DH. It is the first time this season the 35-year-old is out of the lineup.

Nelson Cruz LF/RF/DH SEA 1 month 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 month 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 1 month 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.