Nelson Cruz fell one home run shy of hitting 40 homers for a fourth consecutive season in 2017. At 37, we cannot even say he is aging gracefully because he has shown no signs of aging. The overall numbers have been very consistent this decade and there have been no signs of him slowing down as he serves as a full-time DH. It is a testament to his power that there has been no dropoff in production since he left the comforts of Globe Life Park and Camden Yards for the more spacious Safeco Field. Cruz has played in 150 or more games in five of the past six seasons thanks in part to not having to take the field any longer. Cruz and Nolan Arenado were to the only two player last year with at least 35 homers, 90 runs driven in, 90 runs scored and a .285 average. He's a good bet to make it four straight years in each of those departments.
Cruz will not play in Friday's Cactus League game against the Padres due to an apparent illness, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. Cruz became ill during an afternoon workout Thursday and was subsequently sent home to rest. Though the veteran slugger won't participate in the Mariners' Cactus League opener Friday, he should be back in action sooner than later. Cruz is coming off of one of the best offensive campaigns of his career and will look to stay productive at the plate during his 19th big-league season.
Cruz went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Athletics. Cruz is on another one of his patented long-ball heaters, now having gone deep in five of his last eight games. The slugging outfielder added to his career-high RBI total with Wednesday's two-run blast -- pushing his tally to 117 -- and is also just two round trippers shy of a fourth straight 40-homer campaign.
Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk and a game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth inning in Friday's 3-1 win over Cleveland. Cruz's blast off Cody Allen was his 36th home run of the season and third in as many games. The veteran slugger has already set a new career high with 114 RBI, but with only eight games left on the Mariners' schedule, he'll need to stay hot to have a shot at his fourth consecutive 40-HR campaign.
Cruz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers. The veteran slugger snapped the would-be shutout with a 375-foot shot to right in the seventh, his second round tripper in as many games. Cruz hasn't quite been able to maintain the torrid pace he established in August (.341/.413/.747 line), but he boasts a .507 wOBA, .458 ISO and 52.9 percent hard contact rate over the 30 plate appearances spanning his last seven games.
Cruz went 1-for-3 with two walks and a solo home run in Wednesday's 8-6 loss to the Rangers. He now has 34 homers on the year, and it'll take a monstrous finish for Cruz to reach the 40-HR plateau for the fourth straight campaign. The veteran slugger now has a .277/.390/.446 slash line in September with three homers and eight RBI in 18 games.