The Chicago Cubs visit Great American Ballpark for a seldom-played five game regular season series tonight.
At first glance, Cubs fans might think their playoff prayers have been answered but in typical baseball gods fashion–there will be no home games at the Friendly Confines. Here’s some good news for Cubs fans though: Anthony Rizzo still has a shot at being named to the National League All-Star Roster, vote early and often.
Bruce on First?
Jay Bruce may hit for power like a first baseman, but that doesn’t mean he’s completely ready to trot out there everyday. Joey Votto’s nagging thigh injury may land him on the Disabled List, but for tonight at least his usual first base spot will be manned by Reds slugger Jay Bruce. Bruce has never played any other position than outfield in his professional career.
“We don’t really have a bunch of true first baseman here besides Joey,” Cincinnati manager Bryan Price said. “So Jay’s been taking ground balls over there. And he has some history there–not a lot, and it’s not in pro ball, but he does have some history there and he looks athletic doing it.”
Bruce snapped an 0-for-26 slump yesterday with a two run blast that turned out to be the difference in Cincinnati’s 4-2 win over Milwaukee.