The New York Mets are making the right moves at the right time, again. Much like last season when they went all in on Yoenis Cespedes and rode that tidal wave straight to the World Series. The Mets traded for Cincinnati Reds outfielder, Jay Bruce today with the hope he can jump-start an offense that has struggled all season.
What Brace can provide the Mets with is a power bat and another veteran presence in the clubhouse? He may not have the playoff experience but a team coming off a World Series berth in 2015 has that covered. Bruce will join a lineup that features last year success story, Cespedes, and Curtis Granderson but their offense has been shaky. This has to be Deja Vu all over for the Mets when they took a chance on another big bat; we saw how well that worked out for them.
Bruce his hitting .265 with 80 RBIs and 25 home runs on the season, but nothing to play for. Now you add him on a team that made the World Series last year and currently in a fight for the Wild Card spot, and you will have a resurgence of optimism in Queens. As a veteran, this has to give him that added push to kick it up a gear. In the Mets case, the front office is showing not only their fans but the players they have not giving up despite the first-half troubles. If the pitching gets remotely close to where they were last season, the Mets have a good chance to catch and leapfrog the Miami Marlins.
Bruce will love it here in NY, as the fans are behind their team. The Mets have ways to go offensively but today starts a new season as they begin their march back to the playoffs.
Welcome to NY, Bruce.