Milton Bradley: getting bad vibes, great obp

Say what you want about Milton Bradley but it doesn’t look like he’s having a good time in right field.  According to beat writer Carrie Muskat, Bradley’s enduring a fair amount of “hatred” during games courtesy of Cub fans.

Bradley doesn’t hold back:

"All I’m saying is I pray the game is nine innings, so I can go out there the least amount of time possible and go home."

Wow.  Good natured ribbing or fan abuse?  Or just a over-sensitive rightfielder?

Either way, maybe the fans are targeting the wrong guy.  It’s easy to look at Bradley’s season batting average of .259 and think he’s not pulling his weight.  But look at his stats in the last 20 days.  In that period, he’s batting .306 with a nifty .411 OBP (and that’s not including tonight’s game when he hit a homerun). 

Since he’s moved to the second spot, the Cubs have leveraged his on base potential the best that a team in their position can.  MB has had two 4-hit games in that same period. 

So Cub fans, go easy on the guy.  Pick on the beer vendor. 

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