Reds outfielder Jay Bruce hasn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, had a bad season. He has swatted 26 home runs and driven in 84 runs with a .748 OPS while playing above-average defense in the outfield. But they’re not up to the slugger’s usual standard and serve as a milquetoast follow-up to his abysmal 2014.
Bruce called his 2015 season an embarrassment, as Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News reports. Bruce elaborated:
“I am embarrassed, I am. I really am,” he said. “There are a lot of different ways to be good and driving in runs is good. But I should have 100 RBI, easily, every year. I should hit 30 home runs, hit 40 doubles and I should hit for a respectable average. And I’m not doing it.”
Bruce is, entering Friday night’s action, seven doubles, four homers, and 16 RBI off his goal with 10 games remaining in the regular season. The 28-year-old is likely being a little too critical of himself, but one would be hard-pressed to find a major leaguer who is 100 percent satisfied with his stats.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.