Bruce went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Marlins. The 29-year-old slugger's .538 first half SLG would be a career high if he can keep it up, and Bruce is also on pace for a career high in RBI with 63 at the All-Star break. At the very least, he's improved his trade value for the rebuilding Reds.
Bruce went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk Tuesday at the Cubs. Bruce's 18th bomb of the season extended the Reds' lead to four runs in the ninth inning of a road victory. This was his first homer in his last nine games, and he's now slashing .268/.315/.546 on the year.
Bruce went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI Tuesday against the Rangers. The slugger's 16th blast of the year was a three-run job in the fifth inning that put the Reds ahead for good en route to an 8-2 victory. Despite being sandwiched in the middle of a bad offense, Bruce is on pace to have quite a productive year. His 55 RBI are good for second in the NL behind Colorado's Nolan Arenado, and the veteran outfield is on pace to set career highs in home runs, RBI and runs.
Bruce is not in the lineup Thursday against the Braves. It looks like a routine day off for Bruce, as the Reds go with an outfield of Adam Duvall in left, Kyle Waldrop in right and Jose Peraza in center. Bruce is hitting .273 on the year and has collected four hits over his last three games.
Bruce hit a three-run homer, his 15th, in a 1-for-4 game in Tuesday's win over Atlanta. Bruce has three homers in his past nine games as his strong rebound season continues. He's on pace for 37 home runs, which would be a career high, and he's already halfway to what would be his first 30 home run season since 2013. Even though this is Bruce's ninth season, he's still just 29 and should still be in his physical peak, and he has been playing like it all year long.