Cruz Carrying Orioles with Monster May

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Cruz has plenty to celebrate. His 12 home runs in May are the most in Orioles history.

Nelson Cruz has been on fire lately. Cruz is hitting .469 with 7 HR and 11 RBI during his current 9-game hitting streak, raising his season batting average 33 points (from .273 to .306). But this hot streak goes back even further.

Cruz has 12 home runs in the month of May, the most by any Baltimore Orioles hitter in May in franchise history. And he’s hitting .321 with 13 HR in his past 28 games, dating to April 27, thanks to his willingness and ability to get to the outside pitch.

Nelson Cruz vs Pitches on Outer Half

Since April 27, Cruz has been crushing pitches on the outer half. His slugging percentage and hard-hit average have gone through the roof.

Nine of Cruz's last 13 home runs have come on pitches on the outer half.

Much of the new Oriole slugger's success from outer-half pitches has come from his ability to drive the ball to the opposite field. Cruz has hit 25 percent of his balls in play to the opposite field since April 27, up eight percent from his first 22 games.

Cruz already has 19 multi-hit games this season, nearly halfway to his career high of 40, set in 2012.