Jay Bruce stayed hot Friday against the Phillies by going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI.
Bruce had a pair of RBI singles and a solo homer. He has now gone deep in three straight games and has four homers in his last six. It has been a struggle for Bruce since he was acquired from the Reds at the August 1 trade deadline, but he’s coming around at just the right time for New York.
Robert Gsellman was solid again Friday versus the Phillies, allowing just one run over six innings as part of a 5-1 victory.
Gsellman gave up seven hits and a walk, so the Phillies had more chances this time than they did on Sunday, but the lone run scored on a Cameron Rupp sacrifice fly in the second inning. He fanned seven in the victory and will finish the regular season with a 2.42 ERA and 42/15 K/BB ratio in 44 2/3 innings over seven starts and one relief appearance. He’s been a lifesaver for New York.
Alec Asher surrendered three runs through six-plus innings Friday in a loss to the Mets.
Asher didn’t allow a baserunner over the first three innings, but the Mets plated two runs off him in the fourth before Jay Bruce slugged a solo homer to begin the seventh. He struck out four and walked none in the loss. The 24-year-old probably would have arrived to the majors sooner if it wasn’t for an 80-game PED suspension, but he finished strong with a 2.28 ERA and 13/4 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings over five starts. He figures to be in the mix for a rotation spot next spring.
Addison Reed struck out the side in the eighth inning in Friday’s win over the Phillies.
Reed had a rare clunker against the Phillies the last time he saw them on September 22, but he has bounced back with three straight scoreless appearances. He now owns a 1.86 ERA and 108/18 K/BB ratio over 92 innings since being acquired from the Diamondbacks last August. He’s been quite a find for Sandy Alderson.
T.J. Rivera went 1-for-4 with an RBI single Friday versus the Phillies.
The Mets have lost both Neil Walker and Wilmer Flores to injury in recent weeks, but Rivera has done a heck of a job as the starting second baseman. The Bronx native is hitting .367 (22-for-60) with three homers, two doubles, one triple, and 12 RBI over his last 16 games.