Posts for Jay Bruce

Notes: Kapler With Some Insight on Velasquez, Bruce Optimistic, Haseley Will Get a Shot

Bob Wankel - July 17, 2019

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I was going to pass on the news and notes stuff tonight, but I’m sitting in the press box during the midst of what is now pushing a 90 minute rain delay (and counting), so let’s do some notes, baby! Hell yeah!

We will lead things off with Vince Velasquez, who allowed four homers and failed to finish five complete innings against the Dodgers last night. He showed plus stuff early on and finished the night with seven strikeouts, but he just couldn’t keep the ball in the yard.

Fun fact: Phillies pitchers entered play Wednesday having allowed 20 more homers than any other National League team. In fact, both their starting pitchers and relief pitchers lead the NL in homers allowed. 

Anyway, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler says Velasquez will make his next scheduled start against the Pirates this weekend “as of right now.” Translation: Velasquez will start on Sunday.

Kapler also addressed what he saw from Velasquez, who has only completed six full innings once in his 11 starts this season.

“I think it was very, very clear, every fastball that he threw at the top of the zone, no damage. Every time he missed down in the zone, damage,” he said. “That’s the takeaway. It’s really simple. I talked to him about it today.”

Here’s what Gabe means when he says “down in the zone.”

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The Jay Bruce Game

Bob Wankel - June 5, 2019

The Phillies entered tonight’s game with the Padres carrying the baggage of Andrew McCutchen’s devastating season-ending ACL tear and a five-game losing streak. They desperately needed a spark to ignite a slumping offense that came into the game hitting only .182 during what has been a nightmare trip. Here’s what I want to know from you–will you remember the night–where you were and who you were with–when Jay Bruce did that magic he did?

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you The Jay Bruce Game.

He got things started in the second inning by ripping a double and later scoring on a Scott Kingery double. The team-mandated celebratory hand-wave ensued:

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Report: Phillies On Verge of Acquiring OF Jay Bruce

Bob Wankel - June 1, 2019

The Phillies bench has been a glaring weakness this season–and that was before Odubel Herrera’s arrest earlier this week. Now, the team appears poised to take its first steps in addressing the issue. Take it away, Jeff Passan:

It’s been a strange season for the 32-year-old outfielder. He’s already banged 14 homers and has a solid .816 OPS in 184 plate appearances for the last-place Mariners, but is hitting only .212 with a .283 on-base percentage. He’s been miserable at T-Mobile Park, hitting only .151 with five homers and a .690 OPS, but one of those homers came last night, the 300th of his career:

For what it’s worth, he’s been good on the road, where he’s hitting .261 with nine homers and a .916 OPS.

He also apparently enjoys himself some Citizens Bank Park. He’s hitting .294 with 10 HRs and a .914 OPS in 38 career games there. That will play.

At the very least, Bruce should provide the Phillies with some much needed “pop” from the left side off the bench. At most, he could find himself in left field with Andrew McCutchen shifting to center a couple of times per week should the Phillies want to play Scott Kingery more frequently at third base.

As for what the move could mean for Odubel Herrera? I think Matt Breen might be on to something:

Interestingly, Bruce has historically performed much better against right-handed pitching, but has been more productive against lefties this season, posting a .950 OPS in 44 PAs against LHP, which is significantly better than his .775 OPS against RHP. Still, he’s taken the bulk of his ABs against RHP in 2019, and it’s fair to assume that will continue with the Phillies in the event the two sides should finalize an agreement.

Bruce is in the second year of a three-year deal worth $39 million and is due $14 million in 2019 and 2020. 

Post Game Wrap: Reds Rally in Matinee to defeat Halladay/Phils

Kyle - June 30, 2010


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The Phillies got off to a good start on Wednesday afternoon against the Reds at Great American Ball Park when another Phillies backup player, Dane Sardinha, hit a 3-run homer in the 4th inning. 

Roy Halladay pitched 5 shutout innings until Joey Votto hit a solo-homer, his 18th of the year, in the bottom of the 6th inning to put the Reds on the board.  Another run was scored by the Reds in the 7th to make it 3-2.  Charlie kept Roy in the game for the 8th inning and Jay Bruce hit a first pitch cutter out of the park, a 2-run homer that gave the Reds the lead in the bottom of the 8th.

Phillies fans had their rally caps ready for the top of the 9th, but it wasn't enough as the Phillies fell 4-3 in Ohio.

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