Interesting stat to keep an eye on... Bruce now has 6 HR's through the first 45 games. He needs 29 through the next 117 to keep his streak of improving his HR total each year in the majors.
Stay Hot kid.
2010 Mock Draft Selections (picking for Rays)
Bump. Somebody had to do it. We need to get JB going, and this trick has worked in the past. C'mon Jay, we're pullin for ya!
Bruce has been a victim of infield shifts this season.
He's 0-for-9 when hitting a groundball against a defensive shift and you can see from his spray chart that he's already got a fair number of outfield ground outs.
Bruce is a good example of someone for whom shifts have contributed to frustration in a number of areas.
Over the last five seasons, his batting average on groundballs has sunk from .314 to .275 to .205 to .185 to its current 1-for-14. That's what happens when you pull 71 percent of your groundballs, as he has this season.
Had a so-so April last year .... but not as slow (bad) as this year's obviously.
Lets just hope he has a May/June like he did last year. He was on fire.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
Anecdotally it seems that Bruce's hot streaks are preceded by his hitting balls to the opposite field. It might behoove him to try to beat the shift and hit the other way to get grooved in.
Streakiest hitter I've ever seen. Hopefully he's ready to get on one of his tears where he looks like the best player in baseball.
Then he'll go back to looking like a left-handed Dave Kingman after the hot streak ends. We'll look up at the end of the year and he'll have 30+ HRs.
I love his walk rate so far.
If he continues to force the issue, laying off stuff he can't drive, his cold periods will have less of a negative impact.
I see his April thus far as a positive.
a .156 Batting average looks yucky, but he's got an OBP of .333. His slugging is something like .350. Does anyone think that's gonna continue?
Last edited by wheels; 04-16-2014 at 09:02 AM.
"We know we're better than this, but we can't prove it." - Tony Gwynn
He'll go on a tear in a few weeks. Somebody will bump this thread mocking it.
Then he'll slump for a month after that, and somebody will bump it.
In all seriousness, I agree that his walking so far is a very good sign.
his results are bad but he doesn´t get fooled as badly as he has in the past (on cold streaks). good to see that he can walk, if he only could hit some grounders to left field
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe." - Albert Einstein