Apparently, fish don’t fry in the kitchen any longer.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?
Or is it, if it aint’ broke, break it!
Let’s find out.
Jackie Bradley Junior — he of the .341 average, No. 4 in AL OPS at 1.001, and 19 game hitting streak — is movin’ on up to a deluxe spot in the order as he bats No. 2 this afternoon against the Houston Astros. JBJ is 0-for-7 when batting in the No. 2 spot, but that was the old Jackie Bradley, defensive specialist. Not the AL MVP challenger we’ve been watching this week.
Bradley in the two-hole today with a day off for Pedroia. Farrell saw a chance to go right, left, right with Betts, Bradley, Bogaerts.
— Jen McCaffrey (@jcmccaffrey) May 14, 2016
It was just another night at the office for JBJ in Friday night’s 7-6 loss to the Astros as the red hot center fielder went 3-for-4 with a run and RBI in extending the American League’s season best hit streak.
Here’s your new and improved lineup that takes the field at 1:00 p.m. today:
- Mookie Betts RF
- Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
- Xander Bogaerts SS
- David Ortiz DH
- Hanley Ramirez 1B
- Travis Shaw 3B
- Josh Rutledge 2B
- Brock Holt LF
- Christian Vazquez C
SP Clay Buchholz RHP
The question is, will JBJ just play through the change, keeping his even keel?
Or will he behave differently in the batter’s box in the No. 2 hole? Or maybe, just have a bad day coincidentally?
We shall see soon enough.
But JBJ has finally got a piece of the pie.