There’s no question that the 2021 season has been the worst season of Jackie Bradley Jr.’s career so far.
Through 124 games this season, Bradley is batting a career low .163 and slugging .266.
This has been a common occurrence for the former All-Star and he just can’t seem to get things going at the plate for the Brewers.
Even though he’s been struggling throughout the season, manager Craig Counsell still believes in the one-time Gold Glove winner.
“He’s in a tough stretch right now, for sure,” Counsell told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “His at-bats have decreased over the last month. He’s struggling right now, but I still think he’s a player that’s going to impact us at some point and impact us in a big game.”
“And we’re going to keep counting on him.”
Now don’t get it twisted, our MLBbro can ball and he’s shown that in prior seasons.
This just happens to be one of those seasons where nothing seems to be going right for him offensively. During the month of September, he has registered only one hit in 13 games.
Throughout the season, Bradley has seen his playing time diminish and a big reason for that is his offensive struggles.
Bradley has yet to find a solution to his problem at the plate and that’s something the Brewers are really focusing on.
“I think what makes it more puzzling is he’s had so much more success,” Counsell said. “When players are in slumps, we’re always looking for answers and it always feels like we can’t find the answers. We haven’t been able to solve it yet.”
And Counsell is right, Bradley has had more success in previous seasons.
Last season with the Boston Red Sox, he finished with a .283 batting average with seven home runs and 22 RBI through 55 games.
Going back to 2016 when he was named an All-Star, he finished that season with a .267 batting average with 26 home runs and 87 RBI.
Since that 2016 season, Bradley’s numbers have dropped but he’s still been a dependable player.
His glove has been a big reason why he’s still seen some action in games, despite his struggles at the plate.
There’s a reason why he has a Gold Glove award under his belt. This brother can flat out go get it in the outfield.
At 31, Bradley can still put those legs to good use, even if he’s struggling at the plate.
Having Bradley in the outfield is very beneficial and he will most likely be a key defensive player for the Brewers going into the playoffs.
But the question is, will he be able to have an offensive turnaround at the plate come postseason?
His last postseason appearance came in 2018 with the Boston Red Sox and that was the year he was a part of the World Series-winning team.
He batted .200 during that postseason and was named American League Championship Series MVP.
The Brewers will find a way to use Bradley come playoff time and he’ll have a chance to show the world that he can still swing it, especially in the clutch.