Jay Bruce never really had a chance to get comfortable in blue and orange.
So many times, Mets fans have seen top tier talent come to Queens and falter, including another J.B. who fans have yet to forget about.
When Jay Bruce came over from Cincinnati and didn’t immediately perform, fans were ready to ship him out of town from whence he came.
This winter between the front office and fans alike, Bruce’s name swirled in trade talk, but as the days of the winter dwindled down and the sun started to shine, Bruce remained a Met.
In 50 games for New York last season, Bruce hit a meager .219/.294/.391 in 187 at-bats and while he had a solid September and October that saw the outfielder smack six long balls and bring his average up to .263, it wasn’t enough to put him in good graces with the Flushing Faithful.
2017 thus far has proven that Bruce can handle the bright lights of New York City.
On Wednesday night in the opening game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Jay Bruce’s bat came to life while the other eight position players bats remained in slumber.
Bruce went deep twice in the victory against Philadelphia, knocking in all five runs for New York and also matched a career high for the 30 year old veteran.
I don’t believe in must-win games in April,” Bruce said. “But this was a good one to get.”
His six home runs on the campaign tied Yoenis Cespedes for the club lead and with the 3-for-4 performance bumped his average up to .309 through the team’s first 15 games.
In Bruce’s career, he is a .333 hitter against the Phillies, with 21 long balls and 58 RBIs.
“He is the guy we wanted to get, he’s a run producer,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He’s showing it now and we are lucky to have him.”
With the win on Wednesday, the Mets have won 15 of their last 17 contests against Philadelphia.