Reds right fielder Jay Bruce might be the biggest “victim” of the campaign to make the Dodgers’ Puig an All-Star (one which I would endorse). Puig, the Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez, Giants’ Pence, Braves’ Freddie Freeman and Nationals’ Ian Desmond appear on the final-man ballot — voted on by the fans — but Bruce does not. Well, Bruce could become only the 18th player to produce 50 doubles, 35 homers and 100 RBI in the same season — he is on pace for 48 doubles, 33 homers and 108 RBI. Those would be better “counting” numbers than he finished with overall in the past two seasons, and he was an All-Star in each of those years. The knocks against Bruce would be his .319 on-base percentage and ratio of 105 strikeouts to 25 walks. His power, though, is undeniable: Bruce’s 41 homers off lefties since the start of 2010 are the most by a left-handed batter off left-handed pitching, according to the Reds’ media-relations department. — Ken Rosenthal
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