Jay Bruce Continues Home Run Tear, Goes Yard vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Again

By Devin O'Barr
Jay Bruce off to historic start
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In the last week, Jay Bruce has homered four times and they all have been of the solo variety. The Cincinnati Reds are gunning for a share of the NL Central title and if Bruce keeps hitting like this, then the sky is the limit for Cincy.

A power hitter since coming into league in 2008, Bruce has homered more than 20 times in all five of his big league seasons, but the 2013 campaign seems to be something even more special than years past. In particular, the Reds’ slugger already has nailed 15 home runs this year and has improved upon his HR total each and every season — after smashing 34 dingers in 2012, Bruce is definitely looking for 40 in 2013.

Bruce seems to have a knack for getting the big hit as the outfielder has smashed four of his last seven home runs in the eighth inning or later — that includes a ninth-inning bomb off of Pittsburgh Pirates closer Jason Grilli, who has been borderline unbeatable this entire year. His playoff numbers are average, but Bruce has shown the ability to get the clutch hit with two postseason home runs to his name already.

The only troubling part about Bruce’s home run spree is that his last four hits have all left the yard. Although Bruce is hardly a singles hitter, it would be nice to see No. 32 notch a couple of base hits in between home runs.

Currently, Cincy is only three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for first place in the NL Central, so as divisional races start to heat up in MLB, be sure to keep an eye on Bruce.

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