Jay Bruce continued his strong start to his 2017 campaign as the Mets offensive leader in their 3-1 loss last night. Bruce went 3-for-5, and accounted for the Mets only offense on the night, picking up a solo homer and a double.
On Monday afternoon he went 0-for-1 but drew three walks and scored a run in the Mets first game of the season.
Bruce told reporters post game, that his approach at the plate right now is simple. “I’m swinging at strikes, taking balls, just trying to play baseball.”
On his approach last night against Bartolo Colon, who he homered against, Bruce said “You pretty much know you are going to get a fastball 97% of the time, but he has like four…. it’s a lot of the same, but it’s really really different too.”
Mets fans panicked when Bruce hit only .219 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs in 50 games after being traded at the deadline last season.
This spring, Bruce only hit .205 with two home runs and 18 runs batted in. However, he his off to a very strong start through two games in the 2017 season. A big year from the veteran lefty could prove to be a huge boost to this ball club that struggled to score runs in 2016.