Originally Posted by smixsell
You just don't get it. He's not going to change his approach, and he's going to have better numbers in every area---including slugging, HRs and RBIs.
His slugging numbers aren't low because he changed his approach, they're low because he started so slow (before changing his approach and heating up).
Jay Bruce has 5 extra base hits this year. 60% of them were in his first 4 games. He's 13-40 (.325) since then, with only 2 extra base hits. He's slugging so low because he's not hitting extra base hits.
All of these numbers means absolutely nothing and he'll likely go on to have a very Jay Bruce year.
In fact, the notion he started slow isn't even really true. Do you think he changed his approach after 13 ABs? There's not a chance. He started 1-13, then went 10-21.
My point? My point is, he probably hasn't really changed anything.
The thought that pitchers are going to give Bruce pitches to drive because they're tired of him being a .255 hitter with no power is just inaccurate, though. The notion that he's "become a professional hitter" now I just don't agree with.