Is Jackie Bradley Jr. really ready for major-league level pitching? Eh . . .
Lou Merloni went on Sports Tonight to express his concern that the guy everyone's calling JBJ just isn't cut out for the kind of pitching -- more specifically, the kind of advanced scouting -- that he'll see while he's up with the Red Sox.
According to Merloni, there's a hole in young Jackie's swing. Two-seamers inside seem to give him trouble, and until he solves them, teams will continue to pound him inside. It's that simple.
You can have a great approach. You can do everything the right way. But if there's a pitch that opposing pitchers can throw you that you can't hit, and they can throw it for strikes, there's really nothing you can do.
Maybe Bradley Jr. will make an adjustment and figure out those pitches on the inner half, but it's becoming clearer and clearer that as soon as David Ortiz is ready to go, Bradley Jr. will have plenty of time to figure out that hole in his swing down in Pawtucket.