In the Mets’ 8-2 loss last night, there were not many bright spots to be found as the team’s offense once again was unable to deliver while the pitching gave them no chance to win the game anyways.
However, Jay Bruce proved to be the lone bright spot as he did some great things on the offensive and defensive end.
On the offensive side of things, Bruce drove in the team’s only two runs on the night as he hit a ground-rule double in the sixth inning as he went 1-for-4 at the plate on the night.
Meanwhile, on the defensive end, he made two very nice plays. In the second inning, Bruce made a diving catch on a pop-up by Charlie Culberson with a runner on second and two outs. Had the ball dropped, a run almost certainly would have scored in the inning.
This was a nice change for the 31-year old as he has just simply not been good this season.
On the year, he’s hitting .220/.298/.332 with only three home runs and 17 RBI to give him a below-average 75 wRC+ and -0.1 WAR.
The hope will be that the double could be a sign of his power stroke coming back as the Mets hoped they signed the guy that hit 36 home runs last season, instead of the current version of Bruce they have been forced to play every day.
He’s been pretty bad on defense as well despite only registering -2 DRS and 0.3 UZR, as he simply has not been getting to balls in the outfield that he should be able to get to. Last year, he had six defensive runs saved and a 0.6 UZR so, while the stats are not really showing just how ineffective he has been in the field, there is still a difference in the stat line.
Whatever the case, the team will be hoping that this is a sign of things to come for the right-fielder and that he can build on the performance going forward.