UP: Nelson Cruz
Nelson Cruz didn’t take home the victory in the MLB All-Star Starters Election, but he did have a week that is starting to show that he’s heating up. In the weekend series with the Chicago White Sox, Cruz went 5-for-9 with three home runs, including a mammoth blast over the batters eye at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday afternoon.
With this weekend’s offensive explosion, Cruz is now hitting .284 on the season with 16 HR and 46 RBI while hitting third in the lineup. The 38-year old’s numbers are even more impressive, when you consider he missed two weeks in May with a wrist injury.
Cruz’s first season in Minnesota has gone extremely well in the first half and you can argue that his production is what the Twins were expecting with slumping third baseman Miguel Sano. With a long break to recuperate, Cruz should be ready to go in the second half as he continues to be a lynchpin in the Twins’ lineup.