Is August the New May for Cincinnati Reds Outfielder Jay Bruce?

 The Cincinnati Reds season may very well be in the crapper, bur right fielder Jay Bruce is making August the New May. Bruce was awarded the National League’s Player of the Month for May when he produced this line: .342/.402/.739 with 12 HR and 38 RBI.

Does that mean the slugger can carry the team on his shoulders? Not so fast. The 28 games he played for the Reds that month were evenly split at 14, so even though he posted monumental numbers, the team’s ledger hardly looked anything less than mediocre.

During the month of August he is batting .341 with 5 HR and 15 RBI. He has hit all five of his dingers in the last seven games, including one in each of the last three, so you might just want to sit back and enjoy the ride.

Is the team benefiting from his personal success? If you answered no, you would be correct. In the first 13 games of the month of August the Reds are 6-7.

Bruce has been and still is a very streaky hitter. He can produce spurts of glory where you could envision him in the Hall of Fame someday. In the middle of a prolonged slump however, you just know he couldn’t hit the ocean from the boat.

Take a look at his totals by month this season:

BA

OBP

HR

RBI

April

228

301

4

11

May

342

402

12

33

June

217

301

2

7

July

256

363

3

12

August

341

457

5

15

 

He has already eclipsed his career high in home runs, launching a three-run missile, his 26th, in Sunday’s 7-3 loss at the hands of Wade LeBlanc and the San Diego Padres. He is currently tied for fourth place in the National League in home runs, and is in fourth place in RBI with 78.

What does Bruce think about his streaky hitting?  ”It’s one of those things … When you’re good, you’re good. When you’re not, you’re not. I don’t want to use age, but hopefully, the experience will come with time and I’ll learn what it takes to minimize the funks.”

That right there was a prolific statement folks. If all it takes is experience, then Matt Stairs should be batting .400 now instead of unemployed.

As singer Jerry Reed said, “When you’re hot, you’re hot; and when you’re not, you’re not.”

The best thing to do is to embrace the good times while you can.

 

Cliff Eastham is the featured Cincinnati Reds columnist for RantSports.com. For daily updates, follow him on Twitter @RedsToTheBone and join the fan page on Rant Sports MLB – Cincinnati Reds

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