Following his day off Saturday while dealing with a toe injury, Jackie Bradley Jr. can suddenly hit again. After Hanley’s 2 home run game on Friday, I suggested that maybe an injury was the best way for Bradley to bust out of his slump. Since Ortiz fouled the ball off his shin, he has been making more solid contact and his batting average has raised from .307 to .312 including a 440+ foot bomb he hit on Monday. Since Hanley Ramirez got obliterated at first base by the Yankees Gary Sanchez, he has gone 5 for 12 with 2 HR’s and a double. Yes, when Ortiz and Hanley got hot after their injuries it could have just been a coincidence. However, there is an old saying: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. -Ian Fleming”. Jackie Bradley Jr. makes it 3 times that Red Sox players battling back from injury have gotten hot. Bradley has now homered in back to back games since returning, proving that my theory is for real. Or not, but it’s been working so I’m not questioning it.
The Red Sox have now improved their win streak to 4 as they head off to Baltimore. This small 2 game series could mean a lot more than people think because it could mean a 2 game swing in the division standings. On the other hand, it could mean nothing if they split. Both pitching match-ups seem fairly even unless you want to give Chris Tillman the upper hand due to Price’s mediocre season. The only thing that’s certain is that there’s a lot of offensive firepower between the two teams. For better or for worse, we’re going to get to see the ball fly all over the park. With the Red Sox coming into the series on a hot streak, I have confidence that they may be able to out-slug and out-pitch this offensive juggernaut.