What is it with Milton Bradley? Bradley is a wreck in the field and didn’t really start to hit until the Cubs were completely out of playoff contention the last few weeks. Bradley also likes to speak his mind, which makes his poor play even harder to handle. Although Alfonso Soriano sucks in the field too, at least he doesn’t go off bitching to the press and hasn’t really complained too much about being demoted to the 6th spot in the batting order during the middle of the season.
Check out a few of Bradley’s comments from this week:
Bradley has only been charged with 3 errors in 2009, but there have been countless other balls the he either misjudged, misplayed or didn’t see that weren’t counted as errors. Take the game back in June when he didn’t realize there were only 2 outs in the inning and he tossed the ball into the right field bleachers. Take yesterday’s game where he calls off 2nd baseman Jeff Baker on a soft fly ball to right, and he lets the ball skip off his mitt for a hit. That should have been an error, but the official scorer was in a very forgiving mood.
Bradley has played well of late – . But at this point, it is just too little too late. I hope I can forgive him this off-season and give him a clear slate for the 2010 MLB schedule. But I have a feeling that will be tough to do.
The Cubs showed some guts yesterday, rallying to win 5-2 with a 4-run 8th inning. After the Cubs allowed a run to the Mets in the top of the 8th inning (Alfonso Soriano misplayed a single that turned into a double (no error) and then allowed a line drive to left skip off the top of his glove to allow the go-ahead run to score (again, not an error, but an average-defensive outfielder would have made the play), the Cubs responded with 4 of their own in the bottom of the inning. Bradley led off with a double to right and then scored the tying run on Aramis Ramirez’s single to right field. After Jeff Baker walked to prolong the inning, Alfonso Soriano approached the plate a midst a chorus of boos. But Soriano quickly silenced the boo-birds with a game-winning 3-run HR to left center field. And despite a lead off walk to Oliver Santos in the 9th inning, Carlos Marmol worked a scoreless 9th inning with 2 K’s to record his 2nd consecutive in as many chances since being named the Cubs full-time closer. All this over-shadowed another solid outing from Ted Lilly – 7 1/3 innings, just 2ER on 6 hits and 2 walks. Since coming off the DL, Lilly has given up just a total of 4ER in 3 starts (19 1/3 inning), but is just 0-1 to show for it.
Yeah – Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win! This is painful…