Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Jackie Bradley Jr. wins ALCS MVP: 'It's amazing'

Ryan Hannable
October 19, 2018 - 1:05 am

When Jackie Bradley Jr. is hot, he can be one of the best hitters in the game.

Fortunately for the Red Sox, Bradley Jr. was on one of those hot streaks in the ALCS, as they defeated the Astros in five games and he was named series MVP.

"Speechless. It's amazing," Bradley Jr. told reporters after the Game 5 win. "I have amazing teammates, amazing staff. Everybody's such a blessing. This is what we set out to do when we come to spring training. And we battled -- we've been battle tested, played against a lot of great ball teams. This is definitely a special moment."

The center fielder went 3-for-15 in the series, but drove in nine runs, the third-most in Red Sox ALCS history (David Ortiz, 11 RBI in 2004 and Manny Ramirez, 10 RBI in 2007). Four of the runs came on a grand slam in Game 3.

"I felt good. I felt good," he said. "I think it kind of just all boils down to having a game plan and obviously executing. You can have a game plan but sometimes it might not work out. But as a batter you want to swing at good pitches. You want to swing at pitches you can handle.

"And defensively, you want to try to make all the plays you possibly can in order to help the team. And don't want to give away any outs. We're playing against some really good ball teams here. So runs and outs are at a premium."

Bradley Jr. and the Red Sox will now face the Dodgers/Brewers Tuesday night at Fenway Park in Game 1 of the World Series.

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