It should also be noted that he has not been doing well elsewhere. The last time that Bruce hit a home run against a team that wasn’t in the division was August 6 against the Tigers. Since then, he hasn’t had a single home run against non division rivals in 73 at-bats. And yes, we have not played anyone outside of our division yet this season, but noting it anyway.
In fact, since joining the Mets, Bruce holds a .229 batting average. In games against teams not in the division, his average dips to .150. His divisional batting average stands at just over .300.
It might not have been that Bruce is simply better, it could very well be that he’s always been good, just against N.L. East teams. Fortunately, since the Mets play their next 24 games against such teams, we won’t have to test that theory for a while, and Bruce can go on some sort of hot streak.
Even if he reverts back to his old ways against teams outside of the division, the numbers he puts up during those 50 games as well as nationals games could be the difference maker in his season.
Not only that, but if he does revert back, such games would be the perfect opportunity to plug in Michael Conforto every now and then. Plus, there’s the chance that he can still rake against other teams and have one monster of a season.
Only time can tell, but until then, we can enjoy what he’s offering for the coming weeks.