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Mets: The good and bad of Jay Bruce’s power

By Richard Heaton
Apr 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) watches his two run home run during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Jay Bruce (19) watches his two run home run during the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jay Bruce hit two home runs in last nights win against the Marlins. That puts him at seven home runs over his last 12 regular season games.

THE GOOD

This stretch dates back to last September 27, when he hit a home run in three straight games. He then went on to hit zero in his next two games and began this season with four in seven games.

You read that right, four home runs. Not only is he now the Mets team lead in home runs, he’s tied with four players for the MLB lead. Mark Reynolds is the only other National League player with four. All four of those players had at least five more at-bats than Bruce.

To make things even more interesting, Bruce currently has the second best OPS among all qualified players. His 1.318 only trails J.T. Realmuto, who won player of the week.

Home runs weren’t the only bright spot for Bruce during this 12 game span. During these games, Bruce hit .385 with a 1.450 OPS to go along with 11 runs scored and 13 runs batted in.

One interesting fact about those seven home runs is the teams that he hit them off. All seven came against teams within the division. He’s hit three against the Phillies, three against the Marlins, and one against the Braves.

That’s good news considering the Mets will play 50 more games against those three teams, including tonight.

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