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Milton Bradley A No. 2

By bullpenbrian at 08.16.2009 2 comments.

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Milton Bradley batting from the 2-hole isn’t as crazy as you might think.

In fact, it’s a page Piniella is borrowing from Tony La Russa.

As White Sox manager in 1983 La Russa moved a struggling Carlton Fisk into the two-slot.

Fisk, not surprisingly, balked at the move initially. He was, after all, a power hitter use to hitting from the three, four and five hole.

The move, however, worked in Fisk’s favor. After spending the early part of the season batting below .200, the catcher rebounded to hit .289 with 26 home runs, a career high at the time.

With Fisk once again thriving at the plate the White Sox went on to win the division by 20 games.

The similarities are there with Bradley, too.

Since moving up in the order during August he’s batting .333, including 13 hits in his last nine games, and his overall average has improved 20 points (.263) over his first half mark of .243.

Of course it’s not the ideal situation for Bradley, but neither was Fisk batting from the two-hole, either.

Obviously, you don’t pay a power hitter $30 millions to draw walks behind the leadoff man, but if it gives Chicago its best chance to win the division, why not?

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2 Comments

  1. chappy81 says:

    I don’t know if that will solve his injury problems j/k, but if it’s working at the moment may as well keep it that way. check out our site http://doin-work.com

  2. bullpenbrian says:

    Yep, you never can tell about Bradley’s health.

    The safe bet, unfortunately, is assuming he won’t be available for the next game.

    But, as we’ve discussed at length, the Cubs knew this before signing M.B. to a 3-year $30 million deal.

    It’s no secret the guy’s made of glass…has been his entire career, too.

    The Cubs, on the other hand, are fortunate to have a few guys who can fill-in nicely, if not better than Bradley, in the outfield.

    I’d have no hesitations playing Jake Fox everyday, Reed Johnson is an upgrade in right field once he comes off the DL, and little Sam Fuld has played well in spot starts, too.

    Whatever the case, if Bradley can get going from the two hole you just hope Lou leaves him there while the Cubs are winning.

    Checked out your site. Like what’s going on…will check back!

    Thanks for commenting!

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