No, he isn’t a savior, but Jay Bruce continues to delight and amaze. Bruce hammered out four more hits last night, and he is now hitting .571, with an OBP of .684 and an SLG of .786. Yes, boys and girls, Jay Bruce has an OPS of 1470 after four games.
Everyone is noticing that something special is happening in Cincinnati, says John Fay:
The Bruce effect? The Great American crowd was 37,015 with a walk-up of 5,298.
The Reds are 3-1 since Bruce’s arrival.
“When Jay Bruce got on (in the 11th),” Phillips said, “I knew we were going to win the game. Either I was going to do something or (Adam Dunn).”
“He ain’t up here to paint,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “He’s up here to play. That’s why most guys that come up here I play right away, because they were hot (Bruce was hitting .364 in Class AAA Louisville). The first week you’re up here is one of the best times. (Teams) try to find your Kryptonite. Right now, he doesn’t have any.”
So, what does Bruce have to say about all this? Well, he has been extraordinarily humble about everything, but I loved this quote:
“Winning is fun,” Bruce said. “That’s something I think we’ll be doing a lot more of.”
We hope so, Jay. We hope so.
(Oh yeah, Edinson Volquez continued to be simply outstanding again yesterday. This is a recording.)
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