Boston Red Sox Sit Jackie Bradley Jr. For Home Opener

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Red Sox fans get to welcome the team home after winning four out of six games on the road. The Red Sox are in first place after winning both series against the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays, and will be sitting Jackie Bradley Jr. when they face the Baltimore Orioles. Daniel Nava will be taking Jackie’s place in left field.

Bradley started out very well for the Red Sox as he has never played a game above the Double-A level. He impressed the team with his performance in the preseason and in the first few games against the Yankees. There were times were he was down 0-2 in the count and battled his way for a hit or a walk. The defensive skills are there as well with his speed and arm strength.

In Toronto, Bradley’s offensive numbers took a dip, recording only one hit and two walks. Jackie struck out a handful of times and went 0-for-4 on Sunday’s game as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 13-0.

The interesting aspect to watch for all the Jackie fans out there is to see how he rebounds from the low batting average and being on the bench. One of the things manager John Farrell likes about Bradley is that he doesn’t get too high or too low.

On his recent performance, Bradley spoke with Scott Lauber from the Boston Herald, saying:

“Pitch to pitch, at-bat to at-bat, you see them trying different things the more they get to know you, or think they know you. If they think, ‘He struggles with pitches inside,’ you just have to make sure you’re geared up for pitches inside.”

Jackie, who is hitting .143, will have a chance to regroup and look at film of his past six games at the plate to make the proper adjustments. Plus with the extra time not playing, Bradley can learn how to handle the Boston media when they ask him about sitting out his first game.

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