I’ve already written my Jay Bruce projection for this season, and I’ll stand by it, but a recent article from Sports on Earth makes me think I have reason to hope I’ll be wrong. Consider this quote:

“My focus isn’t walking,” Bruce said. “My focus is to be able to get the outcome that I want, which is damage, the extra-base hit. And I think the walks may be a product of not swinging at the pitches I don’t have success against. What I’ve been focused on this spring training is really turning the counts to my favor.”

Those are Jay Bruce’s words, but they sound an awful lot like Joseph Daniel Votto. If Bruce is buying into Votto’s philosophy and he sticks with it, well, this could be a really nice year to be a Reds fan.