Mark Sheldon lists his top two picks for NL Player of the Month. The names include a guy that many of you covet (but who will never play in a Cincinnati uniform, I’d guess):

Jay Bruce’s May: .346 avg, 12 HRs, 32 RBIs, 23 runs scored. He entered the night with a 1.103 OPS.

Mets SS Jose Reyes: .364/.421/.555 with nine doubles, six triples, 11 steals, 40 hits and 18 runs scored. He has been placed on bereavement leave.

Sheldon also notes that Bruce’s 12 May homers are two shy of the club record currently held by Greg Vaughn and Frank Robinson. Even better, according to Joel:

–Bruce has 5 hits during May that tied the game or gave the Reds the lead in the 6th inning or later, most in MLB.

–Jay Bruce’s 32 RBI in May are tied for 8th most in Reds history for a month. Team record (since 1946) is Gus Bell with 45 in June, 1953.