Re: Jackie Bradley Junior Overrated
posted at 4/10/2014 3:24 AM EDT
In response to Sheriff-Rojas' comment:
In response to redsoxpride34's comment:
Bradley looks like he may finally be making the adjustment to major league pitching. The way he is looking at the plate right now he may end up in the lead off spot in the near future. He' s getting hits and drawing walks, has good spee ano steal bases. Thankfully JF finally showed a glimpse of being a competent manager today as he stated that once Victorino is back, he would give an outfield of Shane, Grady and Jackie a shot because of how good defensively they can be. Really hoping shane gets back soon, nava is completely lost at the plate and in the field and Gomes is striking out more than he is getting hits. (and is a defensive liability to say the least )
So leading the team to World Series Championship after finishing last was a fluke then?
Say he "lead" the team to the world series championship is very misleading its the players not the manager that ultimately brought home the trophy. Just look at the decisions JF has made so far this season:
1) Hitting nava and gomes leadoff - Could he have picked two worse guys to fill the leadoff spot? Slow, inconsistent hitters who have no experience at the leadoff spot and quite frankly are not ML quality starters. They are both bench players, nothing more. Theres a reason why gomes has been on so many teams and nava is almost 30 and has only been in the majors for 3 years. What it worse was that even with nava in a 2 for 22 slump (its gotten worse since then) he still left him at the leadoff spot despite the fact that he clearly needed to be moved down in the order.
2) Hitting Middlebrooks 8th - How is he supposed to succeed hitting so lower in the order with with guys like AJ and nava hitting in front of him and JBJ behind him? Also, it shows little confidence in him by hitting so low in the order, not the best way to help a good young player coming off a tough year who is looking to rebound.
3) Not pinch hitting AJ late in the game multiple times when he was facing tough lefties in big spot - Johnny Gomes is literally on this team for his ability to hit right handed pitching, farrell was presented with at least 2 opportunities where Aj was up late in the game (both close games) with runners in scoring position against a tough lefty reliever. Tailor made situation to pinch hit gomes. What does farrell do? Leave AJ in and one time AJ hit into a DP the other he struck out. Thats the definition of incompetence.
4) Leaving pitchers in too long - Part of being a competent manager is knowing when to take a pitcher out the game when he clearly does not have it that day. Buchholz and doubront both were left in too long and were finally taken out when both games were already out of hand. Buchholz’s start was worse as the game was still in handed for awhile but farrell continued to send him out until he allowed 6 runs on 13 hits. (in 5 innings I believe) Doubronts start was made even worse by the fact that he not only left felix in till he completely imploded, he did the same with badenhop right after. The 2 pitchers combined to allow 9 runs in 5 innings (could have been 5 1/3 or 2/3’s)
And yes there was a lot of luck last year and a lot of things that went right that helped the team win the ws last year.