Jay Bruce RF CIN 2 months ago

Bruce is out of the lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

Bruce looks to be receiving a scheduled day off Thursday, following a 2-for-5 night at the plate Wednesday. He's now collected a hit in seven straight games, raising his average from .209 to .241 in just over a week. Skip Schumkaer will receive the start in right field Thursday, batting seventh for the Reds.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 2 months ago

Bruce homered for the second day in a row, going 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.

The outfielder has gotten hot this month, launching five home runs and driving in 14 runs after connecting on just two blasts last month. After posting a negative WAR last season, Bruce's June is a promising sign for the 28 year old.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 2 months ago

Bruce finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Sunday against the Marlins.

The lefty has picked it up after a slow start to the season, as he has hit .294 with four homers, 10 RBI and a pair of steals over the past two weeks. The Reds are counting on his bat in the middle of the lineup and the offense has thrived in the midst of his current streak.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 2 months ago

Bruce is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Tigers.

Bruce will receive the day off Wednesday coming off a 5-for-6 day Wednesday, raising his season average from .215 to .232. Chris Dominguez will start in right field in his place, batting fifth for the Reds.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 2 months ago

Bruce pounded out five hits -- two doubles and three singles -- in six at-bats and scored twice Wednesday against Detroit.

That has to seem like a month's worth of hits for Bruce's fantasy owners, but in fact it's only nine games' worth -- he'd gone 5-for-30 (.167) over the preceding nine contests. Thanks to the hitters ahead of him going a combined 3-for-20 with two homers, Bruce didn't encounter a man on base in any of his six times up despite hitting cleanup. Bruce has certainly been better than the 2014 version of himself, but he still isn't close to the three-year stretch during which he was one of the top power hitters in the league. But hey, with seven hits and a homer in the last two games, perhaps he's heating up.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 3 months ago

Bruce went 2-for-3 and a walk while collecting two runs and an RBI on a solo shot.

His .215 average is difficult to stomach in standard scoring leagues, especially coupled with his relatively modest 10 home runs. However, his OPS sits at a respectable .733 thanks largely to an uptick in walks.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 3 months ago

Bruce accounted for all of the scoring between the Reds and Padres on Sunday, homering twice while knocking four runs in the Reds' 4-0 victory.

The two homers were the first in June for Bruce, who had been getting on-base at a better clip lately (.354 OBP over the last 30 days) despite the drop in power. After Sunday's performance, eight of his nine homers have come at home.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 3 months ago

Bruce was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks in a losing effort against Cleveland on Friday night.

The hits extended his mini-hitting streak to five games, and it brings his average up to .207 on the year. After a horrendous start to the season, he may be showing some signs of life having gone 9-for-18 during this streak, and the Reds, who have lost six in a row, could definitely use some offense right now.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 months ago

Bruce went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the 11-2 loss to San Francisco on Saturday.

Bruce has been struggling mightily, but he took advantage of a first pitch fastball in the sixth to go deep on Ryan Vogelsong. He is still just batting .174 on the season so far.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 months ago

Bruce is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Giants.

It's likely just a day off for Bruce, whose average hasn't cracked the Mendoza Line since April 21 and at its lowest point in the month of May. That could be at least excusable as long those hits do some extra damage, but Bruce hasn't homered since April 29. He's mitigated some of the trouble with a good 13.2 percent walk rate, but that means little in traditional fantasy leagues.