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Jay Bruce needs a good finish to the season in order to reach a few marks.
Jay Bruce has a couple of marks that he is looking to hit.
The right fielder is looking to reach 100 RBI for the first time in his career. He made it to 97 in 2011 and 99 last season, but this looks like the year that he could finally do it.
He currently sits at 88 RBI with one month remaining. April was the only month that he did not drive in at least 13 runs this year, so that is a good sign. With Choo and Votto ahead of him, he should get plenty of opportunities to drive runners in.
Bruce should benefit the most from Phillips moving up to the second spot. Phillips was taking a lot of the RBI from Bruce, but that won't be an issue any longer. Phillips should also get on base more than the Reds are used to out of the second spot. Having three quality hitters ahead of him should help Bruce reach 100 RBI this season.
In order to reach that mark, he needs to drive in one run every other game.
Until Ryan Ludwick and the hitters behind Bruce start producing, pitchers aren't going to pitch to the right fielder. He has drawn a walk in four straight games after drawing only one in the previous five.
The 26-year-old is also looking to add to his historic streak. He is the only player in baseball history to hit 20 home runs and increase that total in each of the next four seasons. He hit 34 last season and currently sits at 26 homers this year.
Bruce would have to go on one of his notorious hot streaks in order to hit nine in the final month, but it's not out of the question. With most of the team's remaining games being played at Great American Ball Park, it's still a possibility.