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2019 Phillies in Review: Hello, my name’s Bruce

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He was our savior for about a week. And then he got hurt.

Boston Red Sox v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Numbers

Overall: .216/.261/.523, 26 HR, 59 RBI, 0.6 WAR

With the Phillies: .221/.235/.510, 12 HR, 31 RBI, 0.3 WAR

The Good

Jay Bruce’s timing was the best part of his 2019 season. The Phillies traded for him on June 2, hoping he would be a good improvement to the bench. Instead, he became an every-day starter when Andrew McCutchen’s season ended the next day. His first week in a Phillies uniform was a great one, too. He hit four home runs and collected 11 RBIs in that time, on his way to being named the National League player of the week.

His success didn’t stop after that first week, either.

The Bad

At first, this was the only bad thing about acquiring Bruce:

Of course, there were eventually other bad things too. On July 17 Bruce was placed on the 10-day IL with an oblique strain. He returned on August 8, but the next day he was placed back on the IL with a flexor strain. He returned in September, but by then the Phillies were so far out of the race that having him on the bench didn’t really have any impact.

The Future

Bruce is signed through the 2020 season, so unless the Phillies trade him (which they won’t), he will be back next season. In the trade, Seattle retained nearly all of his salary, which means the Phillies are getting a great player off the bench and are paying him next to nothing.