For Jackie Bradley Jr., holes in swing 'starting to emerge a little bit'

August 02, 2014 - 8:10 pm
Jackie Bradley Jr. appeared to have it figured out. After a nightmarish first three months at the plate in which he hit .208/.291/.260, Bradley opened his stance -- an old stance he said he felt more comfortable with -- and finally got some results. From July 1-22, Bradley hit .378, had six multi-hit games and raised his batting average to a respectable .234.

'€œThe extra work that he'€™s been doing has been starting to pay off," Sox manager John Farrell said during that stretch. "He'€™s starting to reproduce a more consistent swing path, using the whole field, particularly the left side of the field as we'€™ve seen in the past."

Since then, it's been nothing but struggles for Bradley once again. And Saturday night may have been its low point.

The center fielder went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a 6-4 loss to the Yankees. He's now hitless in his last 20 at-bats with 10 strikeouts and no walks since July 24. He's 3-for-31 in his last nine games.

"Where he did such a good job leading up to the All-Star break with closing down some of those holes, they're starting to emerge a little bit," Farrell said after the game. "There's a little more swing and miss of late and I know he's on a little bit of a run here where he's gone without any base hits. So I can't say that he's expanding the strike zone or he's pressing, but he's missing his pitch and he's gotten into some favorable counts along the way as well."