February 15, 2019

MLB Story
By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: May 27, 2016 00:22:27 AM


Bradley aims to start new streak in Toronto

BOSTON -- Jackie Bradley Jr's hitless streak now stands at one game.
Bradley's major-league-leading, 29-game hitting streak ended with an 0-for-4 night Thursday in the Boston Red Sox's 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies, but the surging outfielder is taking it all in stride.
"It was a fun ride. I had a lot of fun," he said. "I wouldn't say I'm disappointed. Obviously, you want to get a hit, but the pitchers are really good in this league."
"If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. And tonight was the night that it was supposed to end."
Bradley's attitude is encouraging for the Red Sox, who open a three-game weekend series at the American League East rival Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
As wild a ride as his streak was, the league is likely to learn more about the player Bradley has become now that it is over.
Bradley remains the definition of a streaky hitter. He has had hot stretches before, although never any like this, only to follow them up with extremely cold spells.
His true offensive progression will be revealed in the coming weeks, starting north of the border against a Blue Jays team with the eighth-best team ERA (3.68) in the majors.
Boston's pitching has been solid lately, too -- with the exception of Clay Buchholz.
Buchholz threw another stinker Thursday, coughing up six runs on seven hits in five innings, and it is causing the Red Sox to reassess his standing in the rotation.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said he and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and pitching coach Carl Willis speak frequently about many players.
"This will be no different," Farrell said. "But there's been no decision made as of right now."
Buchholz's spot likely would be filled by young southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez, who could join the team as soon as next week following another rehab stint with Triple-A Pawtucket. Rodriguez hasn't pitched in the major leagues this season because of a knee injury.
"I can't worry about that," Buchholz said. "I'm here to pitch. If I don't have a spot, that's part of it.


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