Thursday, October 1, 2015

Will JBJ's September Swoon Hurt His 2016 Chances?

Jackie Bradley, Jr.
In the midst of this "Feel-Good Finish" to the 2015 season, a troubling trend emerged in September. Specifically, the fall-off in offensive production by Jackie Bradley, Jr. After hitting .354 in August, JBJ's average sunk to a dismal .222 in September. The widespread consensus had been that his new hitting prowess (and his obvious defensive superiority) would make Bradley a cinch to start in the 2016 Red Sox outfield. But the old strikeout issue has come back—Bradley wiffed 29 times in 27 September games. To be fair, 1B Travis Shaw had the exact same negative strikeout stats (29 Ks in 27 games), but he may also have a questionable role in 2016. These issues—and a lot more—will vex new Sox CEO Dave Dombrowski over the winter. Given his past predilection to deal away young prospects, you never know what these September Swoons will portend.