If only Jay Bruce could call up the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche and order 70 points transferred to his batting average he probably would be the No. 1 candidate for National League MVP, as long as his Cincinnati Reds continue to shred the National League Central.
But, as MVPs go, a .259 batting average doesn’t put you near the front of the candidates — even if you are second in the league in home runs, even if you are third in the league in RBIs and even if you stepping up your game to cover the absence of Joey Votto, the 2010 MVP.
...And he knows that the missing link to his game is a high batting average.
“That’s been the story of my major-league career so far (.254, .223, .281, .256),” he says with a shake of his head. “The production side of things has come easier for me. I’ve never driven in 100 runs and that would be nice (he is only 11 short) if I’m able to reach it.
“I don’t get caught up on it because we’re winning and playing so well and that makes it a ton easier not hitting for average.”
A ton easier? How about sleep?
“I lose plenty of sleep over my average, I’m not going to lie. Oh, my gosh,” he said. “You have no idea. That’s something that bothers me more than anything. Fortunately, it’s a gift and a curse. The home runs come easier than my average. It is something I’m going to work on.
Posted: September 03, 2012 at 10:02 PM | 54 comment(s)
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