Cincinnati Reds fans are lamenting the fact that outfielder Jay Bruce didn’t make the MLB All-Star team this season. They shouldn’t worry about it. Bruce’s numbers put him on the bubble and while he would be a good All-Star candidate for obvious reasons, he’s not having a breakout year that would make him a cinch.
Instead, the Reds need Bruce to take advantage of the days off and try to build on his numbers for the second half of the season. The Reds have a chance to get into the playoffs and need players like Bruce to keep playing good baseball and avoid any type of slump.
The Reds have been inconsistent with their offense and need Bruce to keep leading the way when it comes to clutch hitting. His accomplishments have probably been overlooked especially when it comes to establishing All-Star credentials. Bruce is among the NL leaders in home runs, RBIs and runs scored by right fielders and outfielders. He has also not made an error in the outfield and has thrown five runners out. Defensive skills get overlooked when it comes to picking All-Stars.
He’s got 19 home runs, 66 RBIs and a .277 batting average. Overall, Bruce’s credentials should have put in him the All-Star game, but he’s not the only player who got snubbed. In the meantime, he and the Reds need to be feeling confident over the way he’s playing and focus on the rest of the season. He’s likely to have other All-Star games in his future.