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Old Jul 26th 2009, 1:44 pm
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People haven't noticed because they've been too busy making fun of him, but Bradley's line out of RF is better than the cubs RF production last year. It doesn't make up for him not performing up to expectations, but he is going to hit. The only evidence I have for this is his inexplicable road/home splits. He obviously is not bothered by the 'high-pressure' Wrigley atmosphere, as here is where he is hitting the best.

The sooner he hits the better. Leading off with Reed Johnson against RHP is quite stupid
I know I am nuts but , I really think Lou is sand-bagging Bradley. He never lets him bat right-handed where his numbers are better and no one he replaces him with from the right side has better numbers.
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I know I am nuts but , I really think Lou is sand-bagging Bradley. He never lets him bat right-handed where his numbers are better and no one he replaces him with from the right side has better numbers.
I wish we could see Bradley bat more against lefties. No wonder his numbers are down because he is always batting from the left side. I think this team can benefit from him batting from the right side, but he never gets a chance.
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i think i heard that he is batting .340 from the right side of the plate
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.343 to be exact (.210 batting as a lefty):

http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...&year=2009&t=b

The Milt is putting up a line of .283/.472/.415 over the last 28 days. Unfortunately that's a mere 72 plate appearances. Lou needs to start getting him out there a bit more and against lefties as many on this board have said.

His home (.310/.441/.509) and away (.186/.324/.263 ) are dramatic too (.263 SLG !!! ).

Milton strikes me (just looking at the stats) as a classic patient hitter who waits out the pitcher (and must wait the pitcher out-see below) until he gets his pitch and hits line drives with "pop". This requires concentration and patience which Milty may not have dedicated to his job after his big contract (until recently). (There are other elements in the stats that tell me hasn't been completely in the game mentally.)

He hits "finesse" pitchers much better than "power" types (as defined by Baseball Prospectus). He should never hit the ball on the ground; hitting .180 when he does and .274 (fly balls) and .703 when he gets a nice hard line drive. He should also avoid trying to go back up the middle and should instead pull or try go to the opposite field.

My guess is he came to the game out of Spring Training not mentally ready to go and hit a lotof ground balls in April/May (for a pathetic .118). His OBP wasn't terrible in the early days but apparently he wasn't getting the loft he needed; he must get good solid contact. He snapped back with .268 and .273 in June and July Lou was probably already frustrated with him and then he got frustrated. Maybe he's decided it's time to get serious. He went from a 10BB/17K June to a 18BB/13K July: good sign.

He needs to play and concentrate and bat against lefties and the Cubs desperately need his quality line drive bat. I think he could be more important for the Cubs than Holliday will be for the Birds, more than off-setting their acquisition. It is frequently true for a struggling team (and the first-place Cubs are exactly struggling) that getting the players already on the roster playing right can do more than bringing in a new guy. Although we all know how much a new guy can help - but just how much more will Holliday give the Cardinals over the guys who will now sit a lot more? What does this mean for Rasmus' development and career; is he a CF? (Yes, unfortunately, he does play a lot of Center for them and has the arm for Right as well. 94 mph as a pitcher in high school.)

The Cubs badly need Soto to get healthy and back to the form of his last couple of years as well. He was becoming another A. Ramirez and that's tough to lose.

What the heck is Miles problem? He's a career .285 hitter coming off something like .320 or .325. Another chump? Or was he another Ernie Broglio: damaged goods when shipped?
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More Bradley "junk".... THIS is why it is really hard to support this guy.... this tidbit in a postgame interview after Sunday when they took over first with a sweep against the Reds:

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A crowd of 41,528 seemed to enjoy the fact the Cubs overcame a lot of adversity to get to the top spot, though some, like Bradley, downplayed the accomplishment.

It really means nothing, after all the Cubs have gone through?

"Am I going to get more cheers now?" he said. "Are we going to stop getting bashed by everybody, articles about our lineup and how it was better last year and all that garbage. Last year's team is sitting at home, just like everyone else. There's just one champion."

Actually, Sunday's lineup included seven players from last year's team, and Bradley was cheered after making a nice headfirst slide into home in the third and a running catch of a foul ball in the fifth.

"I don't notice it," he said.
While the chip remains cemented onto Bradley's shoulder, catcher Koyie Hill took the opposite approach.

"To go through some adversity, it can build a lot of character," Hill said. "But you can go one way or the other. I'm proud to be in the position we are in, but there's a long way to go, a lot of baseball to be played."
I usually don't care for Steve Rosenbloom's columns, but this one I did very much agree and think he hit it on the nose...

http://blogs.chicagosports.chicagotr...l-bradley.html
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i have to agree with him to a point. Fans have been booing him since day one, id have a chip on my shoulder too.

Plus, he is right, it doesnt mean anything. we are in first by a half game. its impressive with all the crap we have been through, but it doesnt mean anything yet. It doesnt mean anything unless we win the damn division. then it will mean something
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I would have to agree with him too. I find the conceit of his more palatable than all the false modesty you often hear from players. Jim Thome is one of the few that is honestly modest. I want to see some swagger on this team. I know Bradley is an ass but I would rather have an asshole like him that gets pissed at a bad performance than someone who takes a defeat with a shrug.

I really don't take all what these reporters write about him as gospel . They have taken the adversary role with him . They either have it out for him because he has attack one of their own our they would like to be the one that gets him to flame out on them.
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BTW Jim Edmonds said the exact same thing we here came here, he didn't give a @#$#@ what the fans did or said.

Also, I would be careful quoting Rosenbloom and Sullivan. I swear some of these Chicago sports writers are pulling for Bradley to go off. No wonder their profession is going down the toilet. Sullivan pretty much said ealier in the year if he doesn't care for someone personally, he's not going to write about them favorably.
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of course they are Bock. As a writer, Id want him to go off too. whats a better read? Bradley comes through with a five for give day and 10 RBI and shrugs it off saying it doesnt matter, or Bradley going 0-5, attacking a team mate and blowing up?


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of course they are Bock. As a writer, Id want him to go off too. whats a better read? Bradley comes through with a five for give day and 10 RBI and shrugs it off saying it doesnt matter, or Bradley going 0-5, attacking a team mate and blowing up?
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