Jay Bruce RF CIN 6 days 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 1 week 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.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 2 weeks ago

Bruce is out of the lineup for the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.

Bruce has five homers and 16 RBI so far this season, but his average is lagging behind below the Mendoza Line. Brennan Boesch will get the start in right field in Saturday's night game.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 3 weeks ago

Bruce had two triples in Saturday's win over the Braves, equaling his output from the last two years.

Bruce's batting average is still suffering, but his power and patience has returned some. The question is whether his batting average baseline has permanently changed, or if hitting in the .250 range is still possible.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 weeks ago

Coming off a day of rest, Bruce went 1-for-1 with three walks and a home run.

Bruce added a sacrifice fly to his two-run bomb to give him three RBI for the night. The outfielder now has four home runs, but is also sporting a weak .175 batting average through 63 at-bats.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 weeks ago

Bruce is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Bruce was scheduled to sit out Saturday, but after that game ended up being postponed, manager Bryan Price elected to stick with the same lineup Sunday. The outfield has been stuck in an 0-for-11 funk over his last three starts, but his absence from the lineup shouldn't become an ongoing trend. Brennan Boesch will man right field in Bruce's place Sunday.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 weeks ago

Bruce is out of the starting lineup Saturday, according to Reds assistant director of media relations Jamie Ramsey.

With 0-for-11 mark over the past three games that includes seven strikeouts, a day off may help Bruce clear his head. Brennan Boesch will start in right field and bat fifth for the Reds against Jake Arrieta and the Cubs on Saturday.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 4 weeks ago

Bruce went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts in Friday's loss to the Cubs, dropping his line to .164/.261/.328 on the year. "I'm just missing pitches right now, that's the bottom line," said Bruce. "The at-bats are not over when it needs to be. I'm getting behind in counts, and I'm not doing what I need to be doing."

Four of those at-bats came with runners in scoring position, including a bases loaded at-bat in the 10th inning. The slow start is a carryover from Bruce's desultory 2014 campaign, when he hit just .217 with 149 strikeouts. He already has 24 strikeouts in the first 17 games of the season.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 1 month ago

Bruce hit a grand slam Tuesday in a win over the Brewers, driving in his first runs in six games.

Despite his power outburst Tuesday, Bruce has still only recorded on multi-hit game this season, and has struck out a combined four times in his past two games.

Jay Bruce RF CIN 2 months ago1 Comment

Bruce hit a solo homer off of lefty Francisco Liriano in Monday's win over the Pirates, and also drew a walk.

The homer against a lefty isn't actually that rare for Bruce - he has 27 homers over the last three years against southpaws. But he also had a paltry .556 OPS against lefties last season.