Jun 16, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds player Jay Bruce watches his solo home run hit off Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta during the third inning at Great American Ball Park. (David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)

Jay Bruce: Hitting Streak or Heating Up?


The Reds seem to be practicing for Home Run Derby lately. After having multiple home run games, it seems as if that’s the only way they’re producing runs.

Names like Todd Frazier and Joey Votto have been used recently when talking about balls going over the fence. Zack Cozart also created a nice hit streak for himself that ended in Tuesday’s loss versus Pittsburgh.

But the man of the hour recently has been our right fielder. After hitting 5 home runs in his last 7 games, you could say Jay Bruce is on a roll. Not to mention showing off his stellar defense after robbing Andrew McCutchen of a home run only to give Jason Grilli his first blown save of the season a few innings later in Wednesday’s victory against the Pirates.

While this could just be a great hitting streak for Bruce, his overall numbers are consistently better this season than last. He’s tied for first in the majors with the most RBI among right fielders (50 with Nelson Cruz) as well as first in doubles (22), second in hits (83), and third in home runs (15).

I’ll take it.

It’s no secret that our offense is barely hanging on with a 13-12 record in the past 25 games, so I’m thinking if Bruce wants to either have a hit streak or heat up, now is the time to do it.

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