Enjoy this one fantasy owners! Jay Bruce crushed three homers as Cincinnati dismantled the Cubs 7-1. Friday night. Bruce’s three bombs all traveled more than 400 feet. Bruce raised his batting average to .270, the highest it has been since July 10. He now has 16 homers and 55 RBI this season, after hitting 21 homers as a rookie and 22 last year. He entered the season with a .240 career batting average.
Bruce batted lead-off for the first time since his rookie year, when he did it 22 times. Second baseman Brandon Phillips, the usual lead-off man, was held out Friday with a wrist injury. He hit three homers for the first time in his career, becoming the 26th player in Reds history to accomplish the feat.
In other fantasy news from Friday…..
- Stephen Strasburg has a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament — an injury that is expected to force to the Nationals right-hander to undergo Tommy John surgery. Strasburg is expected to be back at 100 percent in 12-18 months.
- Matt Holliday checked out as OK to play, a night after being removed from the game when he was hit on the left hand by a pitch and went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.
- Jose Bautista hit one. It was his Major League leading 42nd homer as he went 2-3 with the solo shot.
- Miguel Cabrera hit one. It was his 32nd of the season and he fully remains in the race for AL MVP.
- Dustin Pedroia has had a problem healing his left foot and he plans on getting another CT scan once the team returns to Boston.
- Mike Minor was demoted to the Gulf Coast League, but will make his next start on Tuesday. The move was only made by the Braves to give the Braves another arm in the bullpen.
- Jerry Hairston is sidelined with an elbow strain and will be out ten days.