Jay Bruce
Jay Bruce

Jay Bruce (RF)

New York Mets

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Amidst trade rumors, the Mets are ready to move forward with Jay Bruce as their starting RF for the 2017 season. The Mets picked up the option on Bruce's 2017 contract in case Yoenis Cespedes left New York, but with Cespedes returning, there is now a logjam in the outfield. Bruce was acquired at the trade deadline from the Reds and had a .219/.294/.391 slash line in 50 games with the Mets. (Source: New York Post)

Fantasy Impact: A poor 2016 season with New York and the prospect of former first-round pick Michael Conforto in RF was thought to make the soon-to-be 30-year-old Bruce an expendable piece. While the Mets were very open to trading Bruce, he did have an .875 OPS and 25 home runs with the Reds before being acquired by New York and, with his 33 HR for the season, has 25 or more home runs in six of his last seven seasons. Whether or not the Mets keep Bruce, he is a cheap source of power and a Mets lineup that includes Bruce and Cespedes in the middle may be one that has good run production.

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The New York Mets have selected to pick up Jay Bruce's $13M option. (Source: Jerry Crasnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jay Bruce will be a Met in 2017 and I am hesitant to say that is a good thing in regards to fantasy baseball. While with the Met in 2016 Bruce hit .219 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in 169 at-bats. Bruce is still a premier power bat but everything else will take a hit. Bruce should be drafted in the middle rounds in next years fantasy baseball drafts.

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Bruce finished the game 1-for-2 with one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce now has an eight game hitting streak, heading into the playoff showdown with the San Francisco Giants. He struggled early with his new team, but has recently hit his stride. For the season, he has 33 homeruns, 99 RBI. and a .250 average.

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Bruce hit another homerun, as he finished 3-for-4 with the homerun, three RBI, and no strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce is sizzling at the right time for the New York Mets. Not only does he have a three-game homer streak, but he now has a six-game hit streak. He's batting .417 with four homers and eight RBI in his last seven games. He's definitely a play on DFS.

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Bruce came in as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning. He hit a homerun off Philadelphia Phillies reliever Michael Mariot.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce really needed that homerun, after struggling for so long. Michael Conforto's recent hot bat could still cut into Bruce's playing time, but perhaps this homerun could get his bat going finally.

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Jay Bruce hit his low point in his short tenure with the Mets on Tuesday night in the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Braves. After going 0-for-3, Bruce was pinch hit for in the eighth inning with .172 hitter Eric Campbell. Campbell, instead of Bruce, batted with a runner on second and two out and the Mets down 5-3. Bruce was clearly frustrated with the move made by Terry Collins and was seen walking into the clubhouse after he was removed. Bruce also had a miscue in right field in the sixth inning when he allowed a Matt Kemp bloop to drop in for a RBI single.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce has been horrific for the Mets since he joined the team. He is currently mired in a 3-for-38 slump and he is batting .176 since the Mets acquired him from the Reds on August 1. For fantasy purposes, he should be removed from lineups until he can get his bat going, if ever. With the Mets in a dogfight for the Wildcard, they can not afford to have Bruce in the lineup offering no value. It is very possible Bruce will see limited playing time from now until the end of the season.

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Bruce finished 0-for-5 in the New York Mets win at home in Citi Field. He struck out once and dropped his season average to .242.

Fantasy Impact: While Granderson's bat has improved in recent weeks, Bruce's hitting has only regressed. He has been awful in the last seven days, batting a mere .087 in 23 at-bats with only three walks. Although he's hitting fifth in the order, DFS owners should avoid him until he shows signs of life with his bat.

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Jay Bruce is still looking to regain the stroke he had with the Reds before his trade to the Mets on August 1. Since his trade to New York, Bruce is hitting a putrid .192 with just four HR and 11 RBI. Prior to his trade to the Mets, he was the NL-leader in RBI.

Fantasy Impact: If the Mets are going to make a run in the playoffs, or even secure a NL Wildcard spot altogether, they are going to need Bruce to start hitting. His struggles were highlighted on Wednesday afternoon against the Nationals when he struck out on three pitches in the top of the first inning against Tanner Roark with the bases loaded with one out. That threat would be the only legitimate scoring opportunity for the Mets all day, who lost 1-0 to Washington. Fantasy owners in the thick of the playoffs, or roto format stretch runs, should bench Bruce until he can get his bat going. Clearly, the move to the big N.Y. market hasn't done wonders for Bruce's confidence as he continues to press.

Bruce went hitless in the Mets loss, but he did drive in one RBI and drew one walk. He went hitless in three at-bats, while striking out twice.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce batted fifth in the order, right behind red hot Cespedes and the power hitting Curtis Granderson. Continue to be patient with Bruce. Eventually, pitchers will give him balls to hit as they pitch around Cespedes and Granderson.

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Bruce went hitless against the Atlanta Braves, finishing 0-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce had a nice groove going until he hit a snag in his last few games. Both Cespedes and Granderson are super hot so it's only a matter of time until he gets pitches to hit. He gets a juicy platoon advantage against young pitcher John Grant on Saturday in Atlanta.

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Jay Bruce finished 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to Cincinnati. He had a five game hit streak, prior to Monday's game.

Fantasy Impact: He was in an awful slump prior to his recent hit streak, so his owners hope he won't revert back to his slumping ways. He's in a hitter's park, and has motivation to do well against his former team so he's worth a look in DFS.

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Jay Bruce finished 1-for-4 with one hit and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce extended his hitting streak to four games. After struggling mightily with his new team, Bruce has picked up the hitting in his last few games. With Jose Reyes and Cespedes batting in front of him, he has a chance to put up good power numbers if he continues to build upon his recent hitting.

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Bruce was productive at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with one run scored, two RBIs and one homerun. He struck out once.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce now has a three-game hit streak, going 5-for-12 in his last three games against the Miami Marlins. Perhaps, he's ready to turn up the offense with his new team. He has a platoon advantage on Friday, when he faces Washington Nationals' starter A.J. Cole.

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Bruce finished 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in the New York Mets win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: In the last seven days, Bruce has a .059 average with only one hit in 17 at-bats. After driving in 80 RBIs with the Cincinnati Reds, he has slowed down significantly in New York. Even worse, he dropped to number seven in the batting order.

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Jay Bruce is not in the Mets' lineup for Thursday's game against the Cardinals. Alejandro de Aza will play center field, with Curtis Granderson shifting over to right field.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce left Wednesday's game with a cramp in his calf. Although he said he expected to play today, the team appears to be giving Bruce an extra day off. Expect him to return on Friday, but monitor the situation.

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Bruce continues to struggle with his new team. He finished 0-for-4 with one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Cespedes is finally back to hit behind him. However, Bruce would need his teammates to get on board to get RBI opportunities. Once that happens, he'll have a chance to put up power numbers and score a few runs himself with Cespedes batting behind him.

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Bruce finished 1-for-5 in the Mets road loss to the San Francisco Giants. He struck out three times, but managed one hit.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce has struggled mightily with his new team. In the last seven days, he's only hitting .182 in 33 at bats. During that span, he has only two RBI. Perhaps, the return of Yoenis Cespedes will help spark his bat.

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Bruce finished 0-for-2 with two walks and two strikeouts. He contributed two runs in the 5-1 Mets win over the San Diego Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce has been awful so far in his Mets uniform. In the last seven days, he has a .107 average with one one RBI to show in 28 at-bats. Perhaps with Cespedes' return on Friday, Bruce can pick up the pace and provide more power numbers for his fantasy owners.

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Jay Bruce was hitless in his first two games with the Mets and was only 1-for-4 last night, but his one hit was a three-run home run that provided the margin in a 4-1 win for the Mets over the Yankees. Bruce has not had a multi-hit game since July 25, but still has 26 home runs and 83 RBI. Bruce has an .863 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce had a five-game home run streak at the end of July, seeing his stock soar, and leads the National League with 83 RBI. His value is tied to his power and, when Yoenis Cespedes returns, Bruce will maintain his top-10 OF status.

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Jay Bruce hitless in Mets' debut

Wed, Aug 3rd 10:21am EDT
By Nicky Tapas

Jay Bruce went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his first game with the Mets on Tuesday. Despite the hitless game for Bruce, the Mets' offense exploded for seven runs against the Yankees and the Mets won 7-1.

Fantasy Impact: Nothing to see here. Notwithstanding his silent debut, Bruce will be a great addition to a Mets' lineup that was sorely in need of a run producing bat. Bruce, the NL leader in RBI, will provide the much needed punch to the Mets' lineup. He will likely bat behind Yoenis Cespedes in the lineup when Cespedes, who is nursing a sore quad, returns over the next six interleague games as DH. This protection will enhance Cespedes' fantasy value and Bruce should continue to have plenty of RBI opportunities hitting fourth in the Mets' lineup.

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Jay Bruce to the Mets official

Mon, Aug 1st 4:04pm EDT
By Nicky Tapas

Jay Bruce was officially dealt to the Mets on Monday afternoon after the trade hit a snag this morning due to the medicals of one of the Mets' minor leaguers involved in the initial deal. The Mets will send 2B Dilson Herrera back to the Reds, in lieu of Brandon Nimmo, along with minor leaguer Max Wotell. (Source: Mike Puma on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Initially the Mets were sending Brandon Nimmo to the Reds as the centerpiece of the deal. After re-working the trade, minor league prospect Dilson Herrera will be going to Cincinnati. Herrera makes for a nice option in NL-only dynasty leagues for 2017 assuming he gets a starting roll at 2B/IF for the Reds. Obviously Bruce remains a great power OF option moving to the competing Mets.

Jay Bruce traded to the Mets

Mon, Aug 1st 12:54pm EDT
By Israel Katz

Reds OF Jay Bruce has been traded to the New York Mets. Top prospects Brandon Nimmo and Dilson Herrera are headed to the Cincinnati Reds. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As the hottest OF on the trade market, Jay Bruce will be bringing his 25 home runs and 80 RBI to the Mets. Bruce will be playing RF while Cespedes will be moving to LF. Great move for the Mets. If you have Bruce on your team, congratulations.

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Buster Olney is reporting that the Mets are on the verge of acquiring Jay Bruce from the Reds. It has also been reported that Brandon Nimmo would be part of any deal that sends Bruce to Flushing, NY. (Source: Buster Olney on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Mets were in discussions to acquire Jay Bruce at the deadline last season before they acquired Yoenis Cespdes from the Tigers. Bruce would provide the Mets with a much needed bat in an injury riddled and underperforming lineup. From a fantasy perspective, Bruce's power numbers could take a slight hit moving from Great American Ballpark to CitiField, but CitiField has been more of a hitters park in 2016 with the reconfigured fences. Brandon Nimmo's fantasy value would be enhanced moving to Cincinnati where he would presumably have a starting role in the Reds' lineup. Nimmo would be worth a look in NL-only leagues for the stretch run.

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Jay Bruce with another home run

Wed, Jul 27th 6:31pm EDT
By Chris Zolli

Jay Bruce finished 1-for-4 with a home run on Wednesday, his fifth consecutive game with a home run. Bruce has a .241 batting average, 11 extra-base hits, 14 runs scored, and 20 RBI in July. He has an .895 OPS this season. (Source: Jerry Crasnick on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bruce keeps crushing the ball and his trade value continues to soar, with the Mariners as the latest team looking to acquire the 29-year-old. He leads the National League with 79 RBI and would be a great left-handed bat for an contender.

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Jay Bruce finished 1-for-5 with a solo home run on Tuesday. Bruce has a .240 batting average, 10 extra-base hits, 13 runs scored, and 19 RBI in July. He has an .891 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: After almost being traded to the Blue Jays in the offseason, the Reds are looking for a top prospect in return for Bruce, who is fifth in the league with 24 home runs and leads the league with 78 RBI. Whether fantasy owners believe that this torrid streak will continue, as a part of an eight-game hitting streak, owners need to recognize that the Bruce that hit 30 home runs in each season 2011-2013 is back.

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Jay Bruce finished 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI on Monday, giving him a home run and at least three RBI in three straight games. Bruce has a .243 batting average, nine extra-base hits, 12 runs scored, and 18 RBI in July. He has an .889 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Of Bruce's 18 RBI in July, 14 have come since the start of the second half and Bruce now leads the National League with 77 RBI while moving into fifth in home runs with 23. Bruce has a seven-game hitting streak, multiple hits in three consecutive games, 51 extra-base hits this season, and should be on the trading block to a contender.

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Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with a home run, stolen base, three runs scored, and four RBI on Sunday. Bruce has a .227 batting average, seven extra-base hits, 10 runs scored, and 14 RBI in July. He has an .871 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: A popular name in trade rumors, Bruce has hit home runs in back-to-back games and three of his last five. Fantasy owners have to be impressed that he is eighth in the National League with 21 home runs and third in the league with 73 RBI, but could see more production in a better lineup.

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Jay Bruce went 2-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce limped to the end of the first half, producing an OPS south of .600 in July. He's been extremely useful this season, but his recent stretch shows the streakiness he carries. His batting average could continue to fall considering his track record, but he does provide elite power upside and should continue to hit in the heart of the Reds' lineup this season.

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Jay Bruce homers in win

Wed, Jun 22nd 9:04am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Jay Bruce hit his 16th HR of the season in the Reds 8-2 win over the Rangers on Tuesday. He finished 3-for-4 with one run scored and four RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce continues his torrid pace. He's now provided multiple hits in three of his last five games, and he continues to score and drive in runs at a solid clip. His OPS for the season is .921, and he's surprisingly been able to provide a solid batting average (.282).

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Bruce went 2-for-5 at the plate in the Reds 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Astros on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: With two hits Saturday, Bruce has strung together a modest five-game hitting streak and raised his season average up to .274 which is well above his career .249 mark. Bruce's BABIP has settled in around .300 this season, after two straight seasons below .270. The improvement is fueled by an increase in hard contact this season (39.4%). If Bruce can continue making hard contact then his BABIP and batting average should continue to exceed his career mark.

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Jay Bruce went 2-for-5 with two extra-base hits, a double and triple, in Thursday's win over the Rockies. Bruce scored a run and drove in two more.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce now has multi-hit games in two of his last three played, and he's hit safely in each of his last six contests. His OPS is creeping back up to .900, and he's been able to rebound nicely after a pair of disappointing seasons in 2014 and 2015.

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Jay Bruce has limited experience against the Dodgers' starter on Wednesday, Scott Kazmir, but is 2-for-3 with a double against the left-handed starter. His batting average is also .286 on the road, better than his .264 batting average overall, and he is coming off of a night where he had a double and run scored.

Fantasy Impact: There is not much going on with the Reds offense as late, which could scare many away from Bruce and his .190 batting average over the last seven days. While there is a decent case to be made to start Bruce tonight, only look to play him in larger tournaments where he will have a drastically lower ownership rate. If he is able to drive in a run and have an extra-base hit or two, he would be a huge piece of a successful lineup.

Jay Bruce homers twice

Thu, May 19th 10:26am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Jay Bruce homered twice in Wednesday's loss. He finished 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and two RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce now has eight HRs on the season, and the power display moved his OPS back over .900. He's also been able to keep his average very respectable (.290) and get on base at an above average clip. He continues to return solid value this season.

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Jay Bruce finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout against Jeremy Hellickson and the Phillies on Friday night. Bruce had a home run on Thursday and has hits in seven of his last ten games. He has a .767 OPS in 114 at-bats this season.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce has 14 extra-base hits and 23 RBI this season, but his six walks have his OBP sitting at a poor .285. Even though he has hits in seven of his last ten games, six of those appearances are one hit games and he has not put together a streak of multi-hit games since April 6 and 7. He is 1-for-3 with a strikeout against Phillies' starter Aaron Nola and has an .829 OPS at home in his career.

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Bruce went 2-for-10 in the three game set over the weekend against the Pirates with two doubles, two RBIs, a walk and three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce continues to produce at the same rate he has his entire career, hitting .256 on the year with a couple home runs and a decent amount of strikeouts (19). He's a boom or bust player in daily leagues and doesn't offer much upside in season long.

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Bruce went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout on Sunday in the Reds' 9-0 loss to Jason Hammel and the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce went just 1-for-10 in the four-game weekend series against the Cubs with one run and no RBI. Bruce is currently hitting .265 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 19 games this season. Bruce should be rostered in all fantasy leagues.

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Jay Bruce failed to collect a hit Tuesday, but he did steal two bases, score a run and drive in another.

Fantasy Impact: While his OBP (.298) leaves something to be desired, Bruce has done well in the power (six extra-base hits) and average (.278) departments to start the year. Don't get used to the stolen bases, but they were a nice bonus for owners this week.

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Bruce went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored the lone Reds' run in their 8-1 loss to the Cubs on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce has continued to have a good start to the season hitting .333 with two home runs and 10 RBI through the Reds first nine games. Bruce could be showcasing his talents for a mid-season trade if the Reds are not in playoff contention.

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Jay Bruce off to a good start

Sat, Apr 9th 10:42am EDT
By Brad Richter

Despite a 0-for-3 performance on Friday, Bruce has started the season strong going 6-for-15 with two home runs and seven RBI over the Reds' first four games.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce was the subject of numerous trade rumors during the offseason, but remained in Cincinnati to begin his ninth season with the Reds. Power has always been a part of Bruce's game as he showed on Thursday when he hit two home runs. Bruce should be owned in all fantasy leagues due to his power with the hopes that he can improve his batting average which has been deflated the last two seasons thanks to low BABIPs (.269 and .251).

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The Orioles continue to target an OF after missing out on Dexter Fowler. Jon Heyman names Jay Bruce as a potential target. The O's have been tied to Bruce previously, and it's been reported that the Reds will unload him in the coming days. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bruce is all but guaranteed to be dealt at this point. It just remains to be determined where he'll be playing in 2016. Baltimore is a logical fit, though it's not clear what Bruce's role would be if he's dealt to the O's. He'd likely see time in RF, though considering his career splits he could find himself in a platoon in Baltimore.

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The Reds would like to trade Jay Bruce within the week. If Bruce does not get traded, he will likely begin the season in Cincinnati. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Reds have forced their own hand by having to trade Jay Bruce. Wherever he goes, his value will most likely trend upwards. He will never help you with his average but he is still relevant in the HR and RBI categories.

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The three-team trade involving Reds OF Jay Bruce is "dead," according to Buster Olney. The deal had gained traction, but it ended reportedly due to medical concerns. It's not clear which player's medicals caused the deal to hit a snag. (Source: Buster Olney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Michael Saunders was the other notable player named in rumors, so it would seem that the medical issues are likely to stem from he and Bruce. Still, there were said to be prospects in the deal, so any guess is simply that, pure speculation. At this point, it's clear that the Reds want to move Bruce.

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It looks as if the deal that would have sent Jay Bruce to Toronto, Michael Saunders to Anaheim and prospects to the Reds has been held up due to the medical situation of a player invovled. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This would be extremely unfortunate for Bruce, both in real and fantasy baseball. Bruce would have benefited tremendously if this deal had gone through. For now the deal is dead.

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Reds and Blue Jays are in talks to work out a deal for Jay Bruce. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Jay Bruce makes his way over the border we should see his value go up as he will be in a lineup where he would have more RBI opportunities and better lineup protection.

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The Reds improved to 62-84 on the season with a 5-3 win over the Brewers on Friday. Jay Bruce went deep in the contest and finished 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout. The home run was Bruce's 22nd of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce's average, on-base percentage and OPS are are below his career averages. Bruce can still supply some decent power numbers, but owners must consider if that's worth his poor performance in other areas.

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Jay Bruce scores, collects RBI

Wed, Sep 16th 1:41pm EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Jay Bruce went 1-for-5 Tuesday against the Giants, scoring a run and driving in another.

Fantasy Impact: While Bruce has only turned in an 0-for in three starts this month, he's also only had two multi-hit performances in September. This has limited his usefulness to daily leagues on prime matchups.

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Jay Bruce batted 3-for-5, driving in three runs while scoring another in a 6-3 Cincinnati victory over Milwaukee on Sunday. Two of Bruce's RBI came on a fifth-inning home run. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: The three RBI posted by Bruce today are the first runs driven in by Jay Bruce this month, as Bruce looks to regain momentum after going 3-of-25 over the last seven days.

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Jay Bruce goes hitless

Tue, Sep 1st 10:04am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Jay Bruce went 0-for-5 with a walk and run scored during Monday's win against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce turned in a three-hit performance, including his 19th home run of the season, over the weekend. But overall his August struggles have continued. He's now only posted an OPS of .477 on the month.

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Jay Bruce's struggles continue

Mon, Aug 24th 9:34am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Jay Bruce went 0-for-1 Sunday in his pinch-hitting opportunity. Bruce only has one hit in his last 17 at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce has struggled mightily this month, only posting an OPS of .429 in August. He's been maddening for fantasy owners, as he was coming off a very solid June and July.

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The Reds managed just four hits in a 2-1 loss to the Padres on Monday. Jay Bruce accounted for the Reds only run with a home run in the second inning. It was Bruce's 18th home run of the season and is now batting .248.

Fantasy Impact: The homer was Bruce's first in his last 12 games. Having said that, his home run total already matches last year's total and is on pace to approach 30 home runs. Bruce remains one of the better power options in the outfield.

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The Reds improved to 47-55 following a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Jay Bruce belted two doubles, knocked in a run and scored a run in four at-bats. Bruce is now batting .260 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce has 11 RBI over the past five games an raised his total to 60 for the season. His average, on-base percentage and OPS are all above his career marks and is on pace for 27 home runs and 95 RBI this season.

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Jay Bruce went 1-for-4 in a 15-5 win over the Pirates on Thursday, driving in three runs. (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bruce has driven in 10 runs over the last five games and has improved his batting average from .238 to .257 over the last 30 days. For fantasy owners desperate for a spark, Bruce looks to be a slugger hitting his stride.

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The Reds got just two hits on Wednesday, but defeated the Cardinals by the score of 1-0. The lone run came on a home run by Jay Bruce. The homer was his 17th of the season. He now has 56 RBI and is batting .257 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce has three home runs and 10 RBI over his last 10 games. He's on pace to surpass 25 home runs and 90 RBI and is a solid fantasy option for those needing power in the outfield.

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The Reds got pounded by the Rockies on Sunday, 17-7, despite getting 14 hits. Jay Bruce lead the Reds, going 3-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI. Bruce is now batting .258 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce's average, on-base percentage and OPS are slightly above his career averages. He has 16 home runs and 53 RBI and remains a sold outfield power option in any fantasy league.

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The Reds made the most of eight hits in defeating the Cubs on Monday, 5-4. Jay Bruce hit one of three Reds' home runs. He finished 2-for-4 with two RBI and is now batting .255 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce's home run was his 15th of the season. He's been solid and is on pace for 36 doubles and 26 home runs. Bruce's batting average, on-base percentage and OPS are all above his career averages.

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Jay Bruce hit a three-run home run in a 9-4 loss to the Indians, adding a sacrifice fly to finish the night batting 2-for-4. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bruce made his presence in the cleanup spot known on Saturday, driving in all four Cincinnati runs. Batting .255 on the year, Bruce is currently on a five-game hitting streak, piecing together nine hits and a pair of doubles to go along with two home runs during that stretch.

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Jay Bruce went 2-for-3 in Cincinnati's 1-0 win over Miami on Friday, scoring the lone run of the contest with a solo shot in the second inning.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce continues to be a solid choice for an emergency outfielder, hitting near his career batting average of .250 this season (.240). Scattering four hits over the Reds' last three games, however, might indicate that Bruce is rapidly gaining momentum headed into the All-Star break, and could be a viable pick for a weekend fantasy start.

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The Reds had six players with two or more hits in their 11-7 win over the Twins. Jay Bruce had two hits, both of them doubles and drove in two runs. His 2-for-4 game raised his batting average to .214 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce, who had been having a down year until recently, now has his averages near his career mark. He's on pace to hit 28 doubles and 26 home runs and is should be a good choice to play every day in most leagues.

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The Reds got 12 hits on Wednesday in defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2. Jay Bruce was one of five Reds with two or more hits. He finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored. Bruce raised his batting average to .240 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce has hit safely in his last seven games, going 14-for-40. He's a good pickup for fantasy owners in need of on-base percentage and home runs.

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Despite getting 14 hits, the Reds fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, 7-6. Jay Bruce had a big night at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI. The home run was his 12th of the season and he's now batting .237.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce is on pace to hit 28 home runs, knock in 87 runs and walk 87 times. While he will not provide much in most fantasy categories, Bruce is a good power option in the outfield.

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The Reds used the long ball to defeat the Miami Marlins on Sunday, 5-2. Jay Bruce belted a two run home run in the sixth inning. It was his 11th home run of the season. It was his only hit in four at-bats and is now batting .234 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bruce is on pace for 26 home runs and despite a relatively low batting average, has a decent on-base percentage of .338. Expect Bruce to continue to be a decent power option in the outfield, but wont provide much else in terms of fantasy value.

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The Reds pounded out 11 hits in their 5-2 win over the Phillies on Wednesday. Jay Bruce was not a part of that attack, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He's now batting .218 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Although Bruce is on pace for 25 home runs and 81 RBI, he's struck out 55 times in 193 at-bats. His batting average and slugging percentage are significantly below his career averages. While Bruce is a good fantasy option for those that need power, he'll provide very little in other areas.

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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.

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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.