Nelson Cruz

FPPG: 11.3  |  FanDuel Salary: $3,900
FPPG: 11.3  |  FanDuel Salary: $3,900
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Nelson Cruz hitting third Friday in Rays' debut

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Nelson Cruz is batting third as the designated hitter in Friday's series opener against right-hander Zach Plesac and the Cleveland Indians.

What It Means:

Cruz is making his debut in a Rays uniform after being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. The 41-year-old is expected to serve as the Rays' primary DH moving forward. Austin Meadows is in left field and batting cleanup on Friday. Randy Arozarena is in right and hitting seventh.

numberFire’s models project Cruz for 13.5 FanDuel points and he has a $3,700 salary on Friday. Per our MLB Heat Map, the Rays have an implied total of 4.7 runs. Plesac's strikeout rate this season (16.4 percent) ranks in the bottom eight percent of the league, but his walk rate (4.7 percent) is in the top sixth percentile.