Jackie Bradley got a rare taste of regular play when Mookie Betts suffered a concussion in late July, and his stay figured to be a brief one. Bradley hadn't done much with the opportunity, but a big game the day before Betts' return bought him some extra time in the majors. He kept hitting, forcing interim manager Torey Lovullo to juggle Bradley between the corner outfield spots, and over a 27-game stretch, Bradley posted a stratospheric 1.358 OPS. Then over his final 25 games, Bradley slumped his way to a .510 OPS. It's hard to know which version will show up in 2016, but now that we know what Bradley's upside looks like, he is worth a late-round gamble in standard mixed Rotisserie leagues.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Bradley will be the team's starting center fielder if he manages to hit consistently, WEEI.com reports. Bradley re-established himself in Boston's outfield picture with a monster 27-game stretch from Aug. 7 to Sept. 7, but he finished the season hitting .138/.247/.263/.510 in the final 25 games. Those types of peaks and valleys are what Farrell is talking about. Bradley needs to minimize stretches of offensive futility.
The Red Sox are leaning toward going with Bradley as their primary center fielder in 2016, MLB.com reports. Mookie Betts got better as the season progressed and proved to be a capable center fielder in 2015, but manager John Farrell rightfully acknowledged that Bradley "is the best defensive outfielder" on the team. Betts is expected to move to right, but of course, Bradley will need to continue to hit to maintain a starting role throughout the year. The 25-year-old surprised a lot of people in that regard last season, batting .249/.335/.498 with 10 homers in 74 games with Boston.
Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in Saturday's win over Baltimore. As productive of a hitter Bradley was from early August to early September, he's been unproductive the past 17 games. Bradley's hitting .091 (5-of-55) with 23 strikeouts in 64 plate appearances. That one-month surge put him back on the radar and forced the Red Sox to consider moving Hanley Ramirez to first base, but Bradley clearly needs to smooth out the offensive peaks and valleys.
A mere month ago, Red Sox right fielder Jackie Bradley was batting .102. He had to go on a tear to reach the Mendoza Line. He never warmed up. He just went from ice cold to white hot. Bradley continued his sizzling stretch Monday against Toronto with a 4-for-4 performance highlighted by a two-run homer in the sixth. He fell a triple short of the cycle. He singled in a run in the fourth and doubled in another in the seventh. He is batting .406 (37-for-83) since bottoming out. He has six homers, 28 RBI and 29 runs scored in his last 22 starts.
Red Sox right fielder Jackie Bradley might have played the best game of his life on Saturday against the Mariners. Bradley went 5 of 6 with three doubles, two home runs and seven RBI. He recorded an other-wordly five extra base hits during the lopsided win. Over his last five games, Bradley is hitting .590 with 13 hits, four doubles, two triples, three home runs and 13 RBI.
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