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Jay Bruce Making Inroads on the Road

Heading into this season, a common train of thought had been that Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce is a strict product of Great American Ball Park or what ever other moniker you wish to attach to the Reds home. In past seasons, that was certainly the case. This year, the times are a-changin’

Let’s review these home/away splits, shall we?

Year Split PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG BAbip
2008 Home 235 209 38 60 11 0 13 31 23 51 0287 .366 .526 .324
  Away 217 204 25 45 6 1 8 21 10 59 .221 .258 .377 .266
2009 Home 193 170 26 45 8 2 13 33 22 41 .265 .349 .565 .276
  Away 194 175 21 32 7 0 9 25 16 34 .183 .258 .377 .173
2010 Home 286 253 49 72 12 2 19 42 30 66 .285 .360 .573 .312
  Away 287 256 31 71 11 3 6 28 28 70 .277 .345 .414 .355
2011 Home 319 288 44 79 13 2 16 50 27 80 .274 .342 .500 .326
  Away 345 297 40 71 14 0 16 47 44 78 .239 .340 .448 .270
2012 Home 320 280 51 80 23 2 21 61 33 73 .286 .356 .607 .307
  Away 313 280 38 61 12 3 13 38 29 82 .218 .297 .421 .258

For now, I’ve omitted this season’s numbers. We’ll get to those in a bit.

Only in 2010 could you make any type of claim where Bruce was better outside of Cincinnati. Even for that season, it’s abundantly clear that his power numbers were significantly higher when he was playing in GABP.

Now here’s the 2013 version of Jay Bruce.

Year Split PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG BAbip
2013 Home 277 251 39 60 16 0 13 39 24 83 .239 .307 .458 .301
  Away 292 268 36 80 19 1 13 48 19 76 .299 .342 .522 .366

Jekyll and Hyde, that’s for sure. Reminds me a liitle of a post from times past.

2013 has shown us that Bruce can produce outside of GABP. He is knocked for not “producing in the clutch” (RISP and RISP with 2 outs as a couple of examples). Has also received grief for every one of those 159 strikeouts on the season. Every whiff seemingly brings out 250+ negative tweets.

For at least this season, Bruce is far from being a product of his home turf.

You may recall the graphic FSO displayed during last night’s game. It reflected Bruce’s success at Busch Stadium. The time in which the graphic was shown was prior to the Beaumont Bomber walloping a three-run homer off Adam Wainwirght. In fact, you will see that graphic if you check out the highlight.

After last night’s game, the triple slash now sits at .361/.395/.611 with 2 HR and 7 RBI. Bruce’s overall numbers against the Cards for 2013 are .333/.371/.561 with 3 HR and 12 RBI. Yes, Jay has been successful in St. Louis this season. Might be the only Reds bat that has exhibited this much success in that park.

There are five stadiums where Bruce sports a batting average of .200 or lower (this season only): Nationals Park and Dodger Stadium (.200), PNC Park (.192), Citi Field (.182), and O.co Coliseum (.000). Of these five, the only road venue where Bruce has played in multiple series is PNC Park. Oof.

The stadium which shows Bruce’s next lowest batting average? GABP (.239). That’s his 6th lowest BA in any of the 17 parks where he has played this season. His own home.

Now, let’s find the overall balance. Maybe batting cleanup will do the trick.

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