Bruce Almighty Plays Hero

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Jay Bruce is the most frustrating fantasy player to own in baseball. The highs are off the chart and the lows are long and painful. That said, Bruce’s annual production matches that on the back of his baseball card. Recently, Bruce has been struggling through one of those prolonged slumps that he puts himself in every year, but on Tuesday night he played the role of a hero against the Mets. With no outs and two runners on during a scoreless affair in the ninth inning, Bruce took reliever Josh Edgin deep for a three-run walk-off home run, his 23rd of the season, to clinch a 3-0 victory. Bruce also had a double in the second inning and finished 2 for 5 with three RBI. He has been struggling quite a bit lately, hitting .100 (2 for 20), prior to his game-winning homer against the Mets. He now has driven in five runs with two homers in the past two games for the Reds. Bruce has yet to have the crazy hot streak in 2012 that we have season in past seasons. Maybe, just maybe, we are seeing the beginning of one of those streaks right now.

Geoff Bloom

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  • Michael Morse was thought to be getting a day off Tuesday, but it turns out to be an aggravated thumb injury that he sustained during Monday’s batting practice. He remains day-to-day and may not be ready to go until Friday’s series with the Mets.
  • Josh Willingham has quietly had another great season. On Tuesday, he belted his career-best 30th home run on Tuesday night.
  • Alex Rodriguez was cleared to begin baseball-related activities after an X-ray on his left hand Tuesday showed steady healing, but on Tuesday he was throwing a football.
  • Michael Cuddyer (oblique) began a rehab assignment Tuesday and went 4-for-4 with a home run, double and three RBI in his first rehab game at Triple-A Colorado Springs and should return to the Rockies on Thursday.
  • James McDonald has been struggling for awhile now and he may find himself out of the rotation and in the Bucs bullpen.
  • Brandon Belt drove in three while going 3-for-4 in Tuesday’s win over the Nationals. He has put up an awesome .533 average in his last eight starts.
  • Brian Fuentes is not expected to return to the Cardinals this season due to a personal matter.
  • Mark Reynolds picked up his second four-RBI game of the season on Tuesday night in a win over the Red Sox. Reynolds homered twice in the game as he went deep for a solo shot to right field off Josh Beckett in the fifth and added a big three-run blast in the sixth.