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Mets Season in Review: Jay Bruce

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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
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How’d he fared in 2016?

The Mets were struggling offensively and many starters were battling injuries. David Wright, Lucas Duda were both out for majority of the season, and Yoenis Cespedes had been battling a quad injury.

At the time the Mets acquired Bruce, the Mets’ offense had been hitting a major league worst .206 with runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, Bruce had been hitting an impressive .360 with runners in scoring position.

However, once Bruce put on the Mets’ uniform, he struggled to produce. Through Bruce’s first 41 games as a Met, he held an awful .175 batting average. The non-production forced manager Terry Collins to bench Bruce a few games down the stretch in late September.

There was one tiny shiny spot to Bruce’s time as a Met, as the slugger managed to get out of his second-half slump the last week of the season. He homered three times in the final week of the season.

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