BOSTON - He enters Thursday night's game with a career-best 17-game hitting streak, and during that streak leads the majors in OPS, SLG, RBI, triples, and extra-base hits.
He parked two home runs Wednesday against the Athletics and during that three-game series drove in 13 runs, the most in a three-game series by a Red Sox since Nomar Garciaparra had 14 against the Mariners back in 1999.
He's slugging 1.040 with runners in scoring position, the highest in the majors, and a 1.540 OPS with runners in scoring position, trailing only Bryce Harper (1.595).
He's also 8-for-his-last-16 against lefties with left-hander Dallas Keuchel on the mound.
But Jackie Bradley Jr. again finds himself hitting out of the ninth spot. And yes, he's been by far the best No. 9 hitter in the majors this season.
You might think that with the production coming from Bradley over the last 17 games that manager John Farrell would feel inclined to bump him up in the lineup.
That isn't the case, though it doesn't have much to do with Bradley, but more the players hitting in front of him.
Yes, Bradley is on fire. But you don't get 13 RBI over a three-game series without a good amount of players getting on-base ahead of you. The Red Sox as a team are mashing. They scored a whopping 40 runs and had 48 hits against the A's over their series.
The Sox lead the majors in runs, hits, SLG, OPS, and doubles. They lead the AL in OBP and triples. They also lead the majors in team batting average at .293, which is 15 points higher than the next team.
Boston has hit 27 home runs over the last 16 games, the most in the majors.
While Bradley has been a big part of the spike in offense, he isn't the only part, according to Farrell.
"That might be the case if the rest of the lineup isn't producing," Farrell said. "And you're looking at where some maybe more frequent maybe more RBI situations evolve, but the fact that Jackie remains in the nine-hole is a testament to the eight guys in front of him. Our lineup is deep. We've created a number of opportunities and for an guy in the eight- and nine-hole to have 13 RBI in a three-game series says that there's a lot of people on base ahead of him."
This isn't Bradley's first hot streak. He went on impressive stretches at the plate last season, and also went cold. Perhaps the consistency at the bottom of the lineup is a good thing for him. But if he continues to hit the way he has, it's going to be hard justifying his place down there. This isn't the Bradley who came into the majors looking lost a couple seasons ago.
"Confident guy, aggressive," Farrell said. "Think back to when he first came here, there was a guy that was looking to work counts. Tried to establish his own strike zone. I think at the time felt like - and realistically - fell behind in the count a lot. Now you see a guy who's not waiting around. Pitch up in the strike zone, he's putting his 'A' swing on and doing one heck of a job."