Bradley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Boston's 9-3 victory over the Mariners on Sunday. It's been a season of struggles for Bradley, but he showed some life in this contest, touching up Chasen Bradford with a seventh-inning solo shot. He's still been having a rough go of it thus far in 2018, as his slash line sits at .184/.280/.301 through 206 at-bats.
Bradley went 1-for-3 with a run-producing double in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Mariners. Just as Bradley took baby steps out of a season-long slump, he fell back into it. After an 18-game stretch in which Bradley hit .278 (15-for-54), the outfielder went 15 at-bats without a hit until his second-inning double Thursday. The silver lining in this most recent swoon is that Bradley is making contact, which is a difference from his earlier at-bats. He's struck out just twice over his last 21 plate appearances. "Honestly, it's more about the swings," manager Alex Cora told Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. "It's not like that stretch when he didn't make contact. Now he's making contact. Yeah, I saw the strikeouts or whatever, but it's a competitive at-bat now."
Bradley went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the White Sox. No part of Bradley's offense has escaped his epic struggles in 2018. Saturday's homer, his third of the season, was the first in 39 games for the outfielder, who is hitting just .197. There's some hope in that Bradley has hit .278 over the last 18 games and his BABIP is a lowly .271, however, making consistent contact has been elusive. Bradley has a 28.4 K% and a career-high 14.1 swinging-strike percentage. "Making contact, sometimes," Bradley told BIll Ballou of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette of his improvement, acknowledging that he still strikes out an awful lot. "I'm making contact and swinging at good pitches, not bad ones."
Bradley is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Tigers, freelance sports writer Maureen Mullen reports. Bradley will head to the bench for what appears to be a regular day off after starting the past 10 games, hitting a solid .290/.421/.387 over that stretch. With Bradley on the bench, the Red Sox will go with Sam Travis, Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez from left to right in their outfield Thursday.
Bradley went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Astros. Bradley extended a hitting streak to a season-high five games, going 6-for-15 with three doubles, three RBI and three runs scored during that span while nudging his batting average up to .199. The notoriously streaky outfielder may be getting hot.
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