Jay Bruce, coming into last night’s game, was struggling mightily for the majority of the season. He had a .203/.277/.356 slash line on the year with only one home run and eight RBI, four of which came on a grand slam against the Washington Nationals on April 7.
After the game, Bruce explained where the root of his struggles has lied thus far.
“Overall, my timing has been a little bit off. I just haven’t really felt in sync for an extended period of time yet, but I’m working at it every day and it’s something that is going to come and go. But, when I feel good and normal, it’s pretty consistent.”
Bruce came up big time for the Mets last night against the St. Louis Cardinals.
He went 3-5 with a triple, two RBI, and the game-winning home run in the tenth inning, despite a challenge from the Cardinals concerning whether or not he stepped on first base.
While the triple might have been more of a result of a misplay by Marcell Ozuna in left field, the breakout was certainly a welcome reinforcement for the Mets last night.
Bruce has been dealing with plantar fasciitis for much of the last week which has led to him struggling mightily on the offensive end while not looking great on the defensive side of the ball either with -2 DRS this season already.
Mickey Callaway does not see this as a fluke, though, as he noticed a difference in his approach during tonight’s game.
“He was on time. He wasn’t feeling for it, he was letting it go. He looked like he had a little bit of that conviction in his swing back. He wasn’t wondering, ‘Oh, am I going to put it in play?’ He went and attacked the ball and lived with the results and the results were really good.”
The team will certainly hope that he has figured it out as they brought back Jay Bruce this offseason with the intention of him being a cog in the middle of the order.