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Mets OF Jay Bruce is hitting just .219/.299/.328 with three home runs this season. He hasn't hit a home run since May 7, and has just four extra-base hits since then. And he's fed up.
"When I came over here in 2016 and I went through that stretch, I was f---ing lost," Bruce told Mike Puma of the NY Post. "I did not have a chance up there. But every day I f---ing come in here and I feel good. I feel like I am taking quality at-bats and putting good swings on balls and there is a confidence there."
Bruce, who has been playing through plantar fasciitis in his left foot, said the pain is still there "a litle bit," but wouldn't blame it for his poor production.
Whether the plantar fasciitis is having a big impact on Bruce or not, his lack of power has been glaring.
Bruce's line drive percentage is a career-high 24.4 percent, so he has been hitting the ball hard. And his fly ball rate of 44.2 percent is around his career rate of 42.5. But when he does hit the ball in the air, it's usually not going far, which can be seen when looking at his home run to fly ball rate.
Bruce's career HR/FB rate is 16.4 percent. It was 19.4 percent in 2016 and 18.5 percent in 2017. This season, it's an almost impossibly low 4.3 percent.
Whatever is going on with Bruce -- whether it's a problem generating loft when he swings, the plantar fasciitis sapping his power, or something else, the Mets badly need him to rediscover his power stroke.