Bruce enjoying hot streak, seeks consistency

Bruce enjoying hot streak, seeks consistency

CINCINNATI -- Since Jay Bruce was named National League Player of the Week while the Reds were off on Monday, the right fielder was a media focus on Tuesday. Several reporters flocked around Bruce's locker before batting practice.

Bruce, who batted .476 with four home runs and 10 RBIs last week, earned Player of the Week honors for the fourth time in his career. Eric Davis holds the club record as a five-time honoree.

"It's obviously great," Bruce said. "I'd like to extend this week as long as I can and continue to play well and just be consistent, really."

Bruce, who entered Tuesday with home runs in a career-best four straight games, was one away from the team record of five held by Adam Dunn, Ted Kluszewski, Johnny Bench and Ken Griffey Jr.

During past hot streaks -- including a torrid month of May in 2011, when he was Player of the Month with 12 homers and 33 RBIs -- Bruce was prone to equally profound slumps.

"Player of the Week isn't the problem. It's the other weeks where I kind of stink for a little bit," Bruce said. "I'm trying to make the most of this and minimize the downs and try to win games."