Jay Bruce is struggling to produce with the New York Mets since being dealt by Cincinnati at the trade deadline. Before the trade, Bruce had hit 25 home runs and knocked in 80 runs, hitting 265/.316/.559. Since then, Bruce has just two homers along with six RBIs. He’s hitting below .200 coupled with a brutal .245 on-base percentage and is slugging just .271 since the trade. So, what is wrong with Jay Bruce?
According to Terry Collins,
“He’s trying to do too much...He’s really, really put a lot of heat on himself, so we’ve got to get him to somehow calm down.”
It isn’t uncommon for players traded at the deadline from a non-contender to a contender to feel added pressure. Eno Sarris at FanGraphs seems to agree with Terry Collins, pointing to Bruce’s pressing at the plate by swinging at balls out of the strike zone.
Jay Bruce is swinging and reaching 5% points more with Mets than he was with Reds. Pressing, as team changers do https://t.co/HTPvSCamUu— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) August 27, 2016
The Mets added Bruce for his bat. If Bruce can right the ship in September and begin producing for New York the way he did for Cincinnati, he will be an integral part of a final playoff push. If not, expect more mental health days for Bruce as the Mets look for production wherever they can get it.