Jay Bruce (pictured above hitting a 460-foot blast off Jair Jurrjens) has been named National League Player of the Month for the month of May in the National League.
In the month he hit .342 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI. Think about that for a second. We all may go our entire lives and never see 33 RBI’s in a month by a Cincinnati Red again. He slugged .739 and OPS’d 1.140 through May.
The month was filled with hits off some of the best pitchers in the game in some of the biggest spots possible. For anyone who has followed Bruce throughout his career, this was the finest stretch of his career, including the beginning of his career, and the streaks at the end of 2009 and 2010. He’s never been hotter, and I don’t know that we’ve ever seen a guy more locked in, including Adam Dunn in July of 2005.
This was what Bruce has always been capable of. And the scary part is he’s capable of even more than this.
He’s a full fledged monster who cannot be stopped right now. Breaking balls, fastballs, change-ups, inside, outside, low, it simply doesn’t matter right now. He’s straight smoking balls and letting the game come to him.
Diamond Hoggers salutes Jay Bruce for being named NL Player of the Month for May. Keep it going Jay. It’s been a lot of fun this past month.