CINCINNATI If only Jay Bruce could call up the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche and order 70 points transferred to his batting average he probably would be the No. 1 candidate for National League MVP, as long as his Cincinnati Reds continue to shred the National League Central.
But, as MVPs go, a .259 batting average doesnt put you near the front of the candidates even if you are second in the league in home runs, even if you are third in the league in RBIs and even if you stepping up your game to cover the absence of Joey Votto, the 2010 MVP.
Bruces 30th home run came Monday against Philadelphia rookie Tyler Cloyd and his ninth-inning run-scoring single were the only runs the Reds would score this day in a 4-2 defeat. And it pushed Bruce to 89 RBIs.
And he travels in elite circles. He is one of only three players this year with at least 32 doubles, 30 homers and 89 RBIs, joining American Leaguers Albert Pujols (Angels) and Miguel Cabrera (Tigers).
In his last 21 games...