It seems that mind-blowing hot streaks are becoming a common place with the Red Sox centerfielder. With the start of the 2016 season, the incredible run that Bradley went on in August of the previous season was still fresh on the brain. Writers and fans alike wondered if August was a massive over-achievement, or if the Red Sox struck gold.
During August of 2015, Bradley made 79 plate appearances with 28 hits for an average of .354. He also hit 5 homeruns, 9 doubles and 3 triples. Bradley finished in the top 3 in almost every offensive category for the Red Sox, and it seems he's trying to better those numbers this month.
After going 3-for-5 with 2 homeruns last night, Jackie Bradley Jr. has extended his hit-streak to 17 games, the longest active streak in baseball. During the streak, he is batting .406 with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 6 homeruns and 24 RBIs. Coming into this series, JBJ had 15 RBIs on the season. He would almost double that with 13 in this series alone, including two 6-RBI games.
With the amazing streak that Bradley is going through, he is getting compared to some very decent players, Mike Trout, to be specific. Now, before you roll your eyes, no one is saying that Jackie Bradley is Mike Trout. However, it is hard to argue with the stats over the last 81+ games.
Keep in mind that these numbers were before last night's game, so the performance by Bradley is even more impressive. Like I said, no one is saying that Bradley is better than Trout, but it's hard not to at least take a look at the numbers. He now leads Trout in every category shown here, save homeruns, and it is not a small sample size.
We all know the pace at which Bradley is playing most likely will not last, so the discussion now becomes how long he can keep it up. As is the case with Vazquez, many fans thought the Red Sox would sacrifice offensive production for the defense he provides, but right now, that is not the case.
No one knows how long Jackie Bradley can continue on this amazing run, but for now Sox fans should sit back and enjoy it. Eventually he is going to cool off and come back down to earth, but with the way this team is hitting, someone will probably pick up where he left off.
With a 21-13 record, and the second most wins in the American League, Boston fans finally have a baseball season to watch. Whether it's Jackie Bradley, or any of the 4 other players with an OPS north of .800, the Sox are getting it done, and it's fun to watch.
By Matt Watts