Mon, May 25th 2:28pm EDT
By Kerry Kauffman
The Reds struggled offensively on Sunday, getting just six hits in a 5-2 loss to the Indians. Jay Bruce, who is hitting just .211 this season, went 0-for-3 with a walk and run scored.
Fantasy Impact: Bruce has seven home runs and 19 RBI, but has struck out 43 times this season. While he's on pace for 26 home runs, Bruce's on-base percentage and slugging percentage are down from his career numbers. Bruce is still a good power option, but don't expect much in other categories.
Category: Game Recaps
Jay Bruce appears lost at the plate, he is batting a putrid .162 this season and has struck out in 33% of his at-bats.
Fantasy Impact: Bruce received the night off in the midst of a 6-for -45 month of May, but is expected back in the lineup tonight. Bruce, a perennial 30 Home Run and 100 RBI guy has sunk to $2400 on FanDuel as his struggles at the plate reach all-time highs, but the slump may be nearing an end. On Thursday, with the bases loaded, Bruce put good wood on a ball into right center which initially looked to be gone, but was hulled in at the base of the wall. Tonight San Francisco will run out Ryan Vogelsong, a guy Bruce has hit at a .353 clip including a homer and 4 RBI in 17 at-bats. Jay Bruce is feast or famine in the DFS world, hopefully he’s hungry tonight.
Bruce walks 3 times and homers in 9-6 win over Milwaukee.
Fantasy Impact: Jay Bruce goes 1-for-1 in five plate appearances Monday night. The second inning hit was a 2-run bomb, his fourth of the season. Jay Bruce remains risky in DFS formats due to his minuscule .293 OBP and high propensity for strikeouts, but tonight’s 3 walks are encouraging for potential future results. Jay Bruce is listed at $2800 on Tuesday night FanDuel contests and if Bruce is able to display the same type of patience at the plate tomorrow, then he will be one of the best bargains available.
Jay Bruce knocks in tenth RBI of spring (Source: MLB.com Gameday Box)
Fantasy Impact: Jay Bruce drove in his tenth RBI of the spring this afternoon which ranks fourth on the club. More impressive is Bruce has only 41 at-bats this spring and has been able to pair his 10 RBI’s with 3 bombs, which is exactly what the Reds need from a staple in the middle of the order. The one troubling area remaining with Bruce is the .195 spring batting average following his career worst of .217 in 2014. Expect Bruce to have his share of great games and generate big time power numbers this season, although he will remain a risky play in the daily games until he can cut down strikeouts and produce on a more consistent basis.