Don’t Give Up on Jackie Bradley Jr. |  The Web Master Has A Pulse At The Plate

Don’t Give Up on Jackie Bradley Jr. | The Web Master Has A Pulse At The Plate

The 2021 season has been an up and down battle for Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. He’s had some moments at the dish, but they have been few and far between. 

 

 

When it comes to hitting, he’s struggled a lot at the plate but the Brewers remained faithful that he would turn things around.

Well recently, Bradley Jr. has done just that. At the end of June, Bradley Jr. had hits in three out of four games to end the month and he carried that into the beginning of July.

The former All-Star had a five-game hitting streak that ended on July 5. During the hitting streak, he posted a .350 batting average with a double and three RBI. 

One area that Bradley Jr. continues to excel in has been in the field. That’s a big reason why he continues to be in the lineup despite his lack of hitting this season.

 

 

Going into June, Bradley Jr. had a .160 batting average. He was able to raise that to .165 at the end of the month.

That’s progress right there and that’s something you want to see if you’re Bradley Jr. Our MLBbro has struggled since the start of the season offensively and that’s something he’s not used to.

It’s frustrating when you can’t find your rhythm at the plate and it could feel like you can’t do anything right at the plate.

The Brewers have had a first-hand look at Bradley’s struggles throughout the season, but the team knows that he has the ability to make those necessary changes as the season progresses.

“I thought he had some good ABs and hit some balls hard on the (last) road trip (to Colorado and Arizona),” president of baseball operations David Stearns told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “But this is well below his career level of production. He’s certainly aware of that; he’s frustrated by it.”

“I don’t have a great answer for it. He’s working hard to get through it. There are years where it seems like every at-bat, a hitter is in a pitcher-advantage count. It feels like that with Jackie right now, like he’s walking into the batter’s box with two strikes. That’s a tough way to hit.

“There have been a lot of loud outs. He’s hitting it at a lot of defenders. That adds to the frustration.”

This has certainly been his worst season statistically at the plate. Through 78 games he’s batting .170 with a .289 slugging percentage.

At the start of the season, Bradley Jr. was hitting .150 at the end of May. You could only imagine what was going through his mind at that time. But the good thing is that he’s making progress. Bradley Jr. has hit in some timely clutch at-bats recently and that is a confidence booster for sure.

He had a two-hit performance on June 28 against the Chicago Cubs, that was a game he needed.

“With anybody, it’s always good to see balls fall,” Bradley said. “You don’t want to continuously hit balls hard but right at somebody. That’s just the way the game is. I’ll take the soft hits, too. I don’t have to always hit it hard. I was glad to see that fall, not only for myself but also, obviously, for the team and to contribute in a big moment like that.”

Despite his struggles, Bradley Jr. knows this is a mental game and he understands he can’t get so far in his head when he’s struggling at the plate.

“This is a game that requires a lot of physical performance but a lot of mental focus as well,” he said. “So, I’m trying to stay focused and stay in the present. You can’t change the past. Obviously, I’ve been horrible to this point and I have to get better.”

Our MLBbro will continue to work hard. It’s all he knows.

Grand Slam | Andrew McCutchen Is Wielding A Throwback Bat & Silencing Doubters

Grand Slam | Andrew McCutchen Is Wielding A Throwback Bat & Silencing Doubters

Andrew McCutchen has done a complete 360 this season. The Philadelphia Phillies veteran outfielder has stepped up in a big way recently and has been one of the top hitters on the team. 

As of a couple of hours ago, the former NL MVP is still raking. 

 

 

“I told you, I like him in the RBI situations because I think he’s really good in those at-bats because he’s done it so much in his career,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t think he tries to do too much. He’s patient and knows how to work counts and find a pitch to hit.”

McCutchen is letting people know that he still can make an impact out there and that he is not shying away from the big moment. One thing that McCutchen made sure he wasn’t going to do was to focus on his slump earlier in the season.

He continued to push past that and the success started to come for the five-time All-Star.

McCutchen recently had his third three-hit performance of the 2021 season on July 5th against the Chicago Cubs. 

Our MLBbro went 3-for-5 that game with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored. The former NL MVP has been seeing the ball really well lately and has contributed in a big way to the Phillies offense.

 

McCutchen’s teammates have always believed in him this season, even when he wasn’t that productive at the plate. 

“He’s been able to stick with his approach since opening day,” Rhys Hoskins said. “He’s always been able to get on base, he’s really been doing that all year. Everyone that knows him and has been around him, knew at some point that the bat was going to come around. He’s done it his whole career. It’s really cool to see him go on the run that he’s on now.”

Going into June, McCutchen had a .201 batting average. At the end of June, his batting average jumped to .231.

This 34-year-old continues to quiet those who doubted him, starting with his original team, the Pittsburgh Pirates who dumped McCutchen after nine years and leading them from baseball’s Saigon to a playoff contender.  In fact, McCutchen hit a career-high 28 bombs in his final season with the Pirates. But that’s all water under the bridge now — same as his brief stints with the San Francisco Giants and New York Yankees. 

He’s finally feeling frisky in Philly. 

Through 77 games, he’s batting .234 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI. McCutchen is second on the team in RBI and third in home runs. 

Cutch has provided the leadership that the Phillies need and a whole vibe, that is contagious throughout the clubhouse.

McCutchen is the consummate pro and knows when to have fun with his teammates and knows when it’s time to be serious.

 

 

He’s in his third season with the Phillies and he has become a fan favorite since joining the team. 

McCutchen may be in his 30s but this man can still ball at a high level. He can still go out there and track the ball with the best of them in the outfield while demonstrating impressive power from the right side of the dish. 

If you’re a pitcher and you make a mistake against McCutchen, just know that he will make you pay. 

Nothing much has changed. He’s still eating out here. 

Tony Kemp Weekend In New York | He’s A Tall Order For Opposing Pitchers

Tony Kemp Weekend In New York | He’s A Tall Order For Opposing Pitchers

Tony Kemp put on a Broadway show this weekend in New York.

 He doubled his home run total for the year and hit a go-ahead, game-winning, three-run home run Friday night as he continues to play some of the best baseball of his career.

  Kemp, the Oakland A’s second baseman, came into June with just one home run. But within the last 20 days, he has hit three.  His most recent two happened under the bright lights of New York, and there’s no better feeling than putting on a show there.

It was a 2-2 count in the 6th inning as the Athletics trailed, 3-2.  With runners on the corners, Kemp was in the box facing a left-handed pitcher who before this season he had homered off of only once in his career, the last time being in 2019.  Well, the next pitch made it the second time he had done it this season alone. 

As the ball flew over the right field fence Kemp took a little extra time to admire his work. 

 

 

That feeling of hitting a home run in front of the Yankees faithful felt so good Kemp had to go for seconds, and he did not even wait a full 24 hours.  He was the second hitter of the game for the A’s and he launched a home run just feet from where his Friday night bomb landed.  

 

 

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge even showed Kemp some love on Twitter for his power display.

 

That’s what makes baseball special. Kemp is listed at 5-foot-6, 160 pounds while the Yankees Black Knight Twin Towers Judge and Giancarlo Stanton stand 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-6, respectively.  In all, this weekend, Kemp had two home runs and accounted for two runs and four RBI, while Judge and Stanton combined for no home runs and only two RBI.  Judge would even be robbed of a base hit by Kemp on a line out during Saturday’s game.

 

 

Kemp has been a solid piece of the Oakland roster this season. There was no guarantee that he would have a starting spot, but he has been making it extremely tough for manager Bob Melvin to not insert his name in the lineup at second base.  He is hitting .306 this month with three home runs, four doubles, 15 runs, 12 RBI and 10 walks.

Kemp has one of the best personalities in all of baseball.  Just watch how much fun he has during his postgame interviews.  

 

 

It is easy to have fun when you are as locked in as Kemp and his Athletics are.  They are sitting in second in the American League West despite having more wins than Dusty Baker’s Astros.

 

 

On the season, Kemp is hitting .276 with 25 runs scored, 17 RBI and four home runs.  He’ll look to stay locked in when the A’s travel to Arlington, Texas, for a three-game series against the Rangers to start the week.