Maybe half of Milton Bradley is good enough
Why doesn’t Milton Bradley just bat right-handed all the time?
No one really seemed to be asking this question (unless I missed it over the last few months) until Sully’s article on the Trib’s site today.
“Asked if he considered asking Bradley to hit right-handed against righties and ditch his switch-hitting, Piniella said that's not something the Cubs want Bradley to implement.” – Paul Sullivan, Chicago Tribune
So why not?
I hate to rain on whatever parade you might be having this morning after the 4-game sweep of the Natinals, but I’m glad someone finally asked this question.
I realize part of the reason Bradley was brought to Chicago was so that his switch bat would bring more balance to a right-handed heavy lineup, but look at these splits…
.333/.400/.476, 1 HR, 6 RBI
.201/362./327, 5 HR, 15 RBI
Woof. Granted Bradley has more dingers and ribbies from the left side of the plate, but those percentages from the right side are hawt. Sure we’d all like to see Daddy putting the ball into the bleachers with more regularity, but I think we’d all be just as happy if he got on base and hit the ball more consistently.
It seems like a right-handed hitting Bradley would fit beautifully into the No. 2 spot because of that batting average and OBP. The power just isn't consistent enough to justify him hitting left-handed anymore.
Anyone with switch-hitting experience care to comment on this? I’d love to hear what are the advantages and (more importantly) the disadvantages of switch hitting.
As for everyone else: What do you think of Bradley exclusively batting right-handed for the remainder of the season even against right-handed pitching? Pros? Cons?