Saturday, May 10, 2014
JBJ, 3-for-25 in May, at season-low .204
By Gordon Edes
BOSTON -- Rookie center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. enters Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers batting a season-low .204 after striking out all three times he faced Rangers ace Yu Darvish on Saturday.
Bradley's batting average has dropped 40 percentage points since the start of May, a month in which he is batting just .080 (3-for-25) with 10 strikeouts in eight games.
The Sox as a team are so far batting just .227 this month. Will Middlebrooks is batting .148 (4-for-27), Shane Victorino .207 (6-for-29) and Xander Bogaerts .208 (5-for-24). Even Mike Napoli, who has been the team's most reliable hitter early, is batting just .182 (4-for-22) this month, though he has drawn 10 walks.
Victorino, who also struck out three times against Darvish on Friday night, so far has batted exclusively from the right side this season. He is batting just .229 (8-for-35) against right-handed pitchers.