Mariners Weekly Rundown: Who’s Hot & Who’s Not

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Aug 2, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Seattle Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz (23) celebrates his home run against the Minnesota Twins in the 9th inning at Target Field. The Mariners win 4-1 in 11 innings. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Nelson Cruz – Hot

The 35-year-old slugger is arguably the best free agent signing in Mariners’ history, and this week he carried the club. Nelson Cruz went 12 for 31 this past week, which was good for a .387 batting average. He hit 2 doubles, 4 home runs and drove in 5 runs. His signature performance came on Sunday afternoon in the Twin Cities. With the score tied in the 9th inning, Cruz launched a solo home run that careened high off the batters eye in center field at Target Field to give the M’s the lead.

Cruz is having a remarkable debut campaign in the Emerald City. He is hitting .317 with 29 home runs and 65 RBI’s. Cruz led the league with 40 long balls last season, and I expect he will surpass that tally with ease in 2015. He has been the only consistent hitter in the M’s lineup all season, and without him, the Mariners would be completely unwatchable.

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