He's not consistently getting on base. His OBP is below .300. There's really no way you can make Bruce OPSing below .650 look good.
When was the last time we saw a team run the shift on him? Bruce using the entire field will help him immensely moving forward. The power will come, just like it will for Joey. Jay said in some ST interviews that he was making a conscious effort to go the other way this season. It's working.
I really hate the term "professional hitter".
"But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."
Our fanbase is amazing. Just a week and a half ago there was a Jay Bruce needs help thread, no there is a Jay Bruce has become a professional hitter thread. I think I will start a Jay Bruce is somewhere in the middle thread...LOL.
"I know a lot about the law and various other lawyerings."
Hitters who avoid outs are the funnest.
Somebody get one of those hit spray chart thingys.
He's not going to have better numbers in homers if he doesn't start hitting them soon. In fact, 40 is probably already out the window and soon he might not be able to reach 30 for the year if he doesn't hit one soon.
I agree with Reds44... he is not as valuable hitting as he is in his current state.
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...the 2-2 to Woodsen and here it comes...and it is swung on and missed! And Tom Browning has pitched a perfect game! Twenty-seven outs in a row, and he is being mobbed by his teammates, just to the thirdbase side of the mound.
I'm hoping he's just covering more of the plate. In times past, the outside of the plate was tough to matchup with for him. If he can spoil outside pitches, he's instantly a better hitter.
"I’ll kind of have a foot on the back of my own butt. That’s just how I do things.” -- Bryan Price, 10/22/2013
I don't view this as an overall, long-term change. I think Bruce is simply trying to get out of a batting slump and a high strikeout period.
Over the past 7 days, Bruce has a .490 OPS. For the season Bruce has a .674 OPS with 18 strikeouts in 58 official at bats.
IMO, what we've seen in recent days, is a device to get Bruce going. Make contact, hit the other way. Once he's hitting more consistently, I doubt Bruce will become a slap hitter full time.
It's a good skill for Jay, hitting to left, making contact, being more selective. But I wouldn't conclude he's becoming Juan Pierre.
I think I use "professional hitter" from time to time. Had no idea it was so frowned upon. I learned something today.
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