It’s one of those hot streaks for Jay Bruce.
Back on August 15th, I said that if Jay Bruce was entering one of these stretches, the entire baseball world would be put on notice.
Hardball Talk reminds us:
Bruce hit a two-run homer that gave the Reds’ their only runs Tuesday in a 2-1 win over the Phillies.
It was Bruce’s third straight game with a homer. He’s hit .345 with 10 homers and 24 RBI in 22 games since Aug. 12, with the Votto-less Reds going 14-8 in that span.
Bruce is hardly a realistic MVP candidate with his .261 average and .340 OBP, but he’s been a consistent force in the middle of the Reds lineup for the first time this year. Last season, he busted out by hitting .342 with 12 homers and 33 RBI in May, but he didn’t hit better than .256 or post an OPS over .825 in any other month. This year, his worst OPS in a month is .755.
He’s absolutely on fire in every aspect of his game. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life watching baseball when he gets hot. There’s not a pitcher who walks the earth who has anything in his arsenal to stopping Jay Bruce.
Here’s the Labor Day blast (30th of the season). Here’s last night’s line shot. At this point, I feel like he’s going to scorch one every time up and it’s not crazy to feel that way. Until Jay Bruce decides he’s not hot anymore, you don’t want to go to the restroom or grab something to drink if he’s due up in an inning.