BRUCE> And volquez.
Ok lets start with volquez.
Ive been saying it for the longest time. I think volquez has been pitching unbelievably well. And im rooting for him endlessly. But I think a lot of fans are jumping the gun a little bit with him acting as if hes already an established super star. Give the league a little time to scout him out. And then make your decisions.
Well his last 3 starts have been far from dominant. Especially his last one against the flipping nationals. Now facing the brewers next at the brew crews place, i think will be his most important game of his career to date. If he can come out of that game with flying colors that would be huge for him. But if not I would say it might be the start of a trend.
Im not passing judgement on the guy over 3 bad starts. Just discussing.
NOW FOR BRUCE>
Biggest dissapointment for me right now is bruce. I was never convinced of bruce from the start. His minor league numbers (strikeouts) had me scarred from the beginning. But then he came out on an act of god, as most redszone called it. And made me think twice. Well maybe this kid has made adjustments. He looked a lot like HAMILTON at the plate. Very patient. hit for contact and had power. Just all around studly.
But what in the world has happened to this kid. I think a lot of reds fans have been wearing beer goggles while watching this kid. Hes been looked terrible at the plate for a long while now. And seems to be getting worse.
It seems like every time hes up to the plate if the count even gets this far 3 pitches in its a 1-2 count. He's always hitting behind in the count. Because now he's all of the sudden swinging at everything. And usually missing or fouling it off. Somebody needs to grab this kid before this gets worse and Make him be patient at the plate at the very least. I dont care how big of a slump your in. The one thing you can change is how aggressive you are at the plate.
Dunn and griffey are bruces best friends on the team. This is my conspiracy theory for everyone to think about. Much like a new employee. A lot of the times they will work the hardest in the first few weeks. Until they start to realize after watching and befriending their co-workers. "Well hey i can get away with slacking on this, and this and that." Bruce came in a stud. Now he has completely done a 180 and looks like a completely opposite type player.
Imagine for a second Bruce didnt come out into the league like "an act of god." Imagine bruce started and looked as he does right now. I think we all would be very worried right now if thats how the cookie crumbled. He looks god awful at the plate AB after AB after AB.
Bruce in the last 17 games. And it probably gets worse than this if you go back a little further.
12-65 AVG .185
only 3 yes 3walks