Quote of the Day: on Jeff Francoeur's approach at the plate

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“He doesn’t really have, like, an approach. He just goes up there
hacking.”

Braves starter Kris Medlen describing Jeff Francoeur’s hitting philosophy.  Which worked last night, it should be noted, as Francoeur took Medlen yard.  But it’s also the reason why it usually doesn’t work and why Francoeur is so frustrating a player to watch.

MRI reveals that Jay Bruce has a strained right hip

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a Mets player struggles mightily for an extended period, to the point where it seems pretty obvious that something is wrong with him. The team says that he’s merely “sore” or “banged up” or something and the team either plays short-handed for a while or deals with the diminished player taking his hacks. Then, when he is eventually placed on the disabled list, it’s revealed that he has more serious trouble than general soreness or being banged up.

You ask for miracles, Theo, I give you the New York Mets:

 

He had been put on the DL a couple of days ago, but now it’s clear what the problem is. It may also illuminate why Bruce is hitting just .212/.292/.321 with three homers and 17 RBI in 236 plate appearances this season.

The Mets have not announced a timetable for Bruce.