Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Quick Breakdown of the Jay Bruce Deal

by: Jack Ward
Staff Writer

It is official that Jay Bruce is heading to the Mets. The Reds are getting Dillson Herrera, a 22 year old former hot infield prospect, and a minor league lefty named Max Wotell for Bruce. I don’t think the Reds got very much in this trade to be honest. Bruce is only going to make 13 million next season. Why even trade him if this is all you are going to get? By the way, Jay Bruce is the first player to be traded while leading the league in RBI’s.

Herrera is 5-10 and 205 pounds. He may play some shortstop, but probably will be the second baseman of the future when Brandon Phillips leaves. Herrera has disappointed the Mets with this year’s progress. He has only played sparingly for the Mets while spending most of the season in AAA.

All day Monday it was rumored that Zack Cozart would be traded to the Mariners. He can still be traded by clearing waivers. If Cozart is traded maybe Peraza is headed to play short. Herrera is a second baseman. That means the next season, the last year of his contract, will surely be it for Brandon Phillips in Cincinnati. With Cozart and Phillips blocking both Herrera and Peraza, I think it’s strange that the Reds did not deal Cozart and went ahead and got Herrera in a trade.

I like Peraza very much. The Reds will of course miss Bruce’s bat who is having a great season, but I believe the Reds will be okay with what they have. It will be interesting though.

The Reds have won five straight series since the All-Star break. The Reds are 10-5 during that span. The difference? Billy Hamilton is getting on base, Joey Votto is red hot and of course Jay Bruce is scorching hot. But the real reason for their success is what it always comes down to……pitching! The Reds have a 3.38 team ERA since the break. That is good for seventh in the National League. That’s almost two runs less per game than they had given up before the break.

Look at these ERA’s since the break:

Raisel Igelsias 0.00 in 11.1 innings

Kevious Sampson 0.00 in 8.1 innings

Dan Straly 1.31 in 20.2 innings

Jumbo Diaz 1.80 in 5.0 innings

Michael Lorenzen 2.08 in 8.2 innings

Josh Smith 2.25 in 4.0 innings

Tony Cingrani 2.70 ERA 6.2 innings and 3 for 3 in save opportunities

Anthony Deslafani and Blake Wood have been very good since before the break.

Homer Bailey pitched very well in San Diego on Sunday. Good to see him back. The rotation of Straly, Bailey, and Desclafani, are as good as any right now. Finnegan and Reed are going to get better. They have too much talent not to. I hate to lose Bruce but the Reds will be okay……. I think. The proof will be in the way they handle the upcoming series with the Cardinals for three games at home and on the road with the Pirates for three and the Cardinals for three more. It will be interesting that’s for sure.

Jay Bruce…I salute you for your many great years with the Reds. Thank you for the memories. I will never forget his home run to clinch the division in 2010! May God grant you success in your future endeavors. (Except against the Reds.)

Until next time,

Photo Credit: Kevin Cox

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