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Jackie Bradley Jr. (2 home runs) extends hit streak to 17 games, looks as confident as ever at plate

05.11.16 at 11:45 pm ET
Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hit streak to 17 games in the Red Sox' win over the A's. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hit streak to 17 games in the Red Sox’ win over the A’s. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Jackie Bradley Jr. is no stranger to hot streaks and the one he’s currently on may not even be the best of his young career, but the center fielder certainly looks more confident than ever at the plate.

He extended his hit streak to a career-high 17 games with a 3-for-5, two home run, six RBI performance in the Red Sox’ 13-3 win over the Athletics Wednesday night.

It was his second career multi-home run game and he’s now homered five times in his last seven games.

In the 17-game hit streak, which is the current longest active streak in the majors, he’s batting .406 with five doubles, three triples, six home runs and 24 RBIs.

“I feel confident up there right now,” Bradley Jr. said. “I am taking what the pitcher is giving me and just trying to hit it hard.”

Bradley Jr. went on a similar streak last year, as over a 25-game stretch last August he hit .446 with 13 doubles, four triples and seven home runs. Manager John Farrell is seeing the same confidence he saw a year ago.

“There’s got to be a lot of that involved,” Farrell said. “I know that he’s also got a period of time he can build on from last year where he got on a run similar to what he’s on now. He’s come up in so many RBI situations that we’re not seeing him wait around. He’s looking to attack. He feels good about his swing. He’s confidence. He’s obviously seeing the ball really well. To come up with a couple of home runs here tonight, that’s extending his ability to drive the baseball consistently right now.”

Coming into the three-game series, Bradley Jr. had 15 RBIs on the season and was able to collect 13 in the three games this week alone. He had two six-RBI games in the series.

Bradley Jr. now has six home runs on the year in just 33 games. This comes after the previous three seasons where he hit 14 home runs in 238 games. Finally getting his power hasn’t been much of a surprise for the 26-year-old as he knew he eventually would.

“It hasn’t really amazed me,” he said. “I’ve gotten stronger as I’ve gotten older and hopefully that continues. I’m just happy with my line drive base hits and hopefully they fall in there.”

Added Bradley Jr.: “I’ve been able to do it at every level. I think it was just a matter of time. Everybody moves at their own speed. Like I said, all I could constantly do is just work. No need to get mad or upset, just try and get better.”

Since Aug. 9 of last season, Bradley Jr. is batting .306 with 48 extra-base hits and 67 RBIs in a 83-game span.

“He’s been tremendous,” starter Rick Porcello said. “When he gets hot, there’s really not one pitch that can get him out. Right now he’s putting everything together, he’s playing phenomenal defense, he’s driving the ball. He’s doing everything. It’s a lot of fun to watch, I’m really happy for him. He’s a stand-up guy, he’s one of the better teammates to have so it’s fun to watch him do what he’s doing right now.”

The center fielder did all of his damage in the series out of the No. 9 spot in the order and that doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon.

“You look at the guys that are ahead of him — it’s a good question given the 15-16 games that he’s on here.” Farrell said. “Our offense has a lot of length to it. It is working and guys come to the ballpark having an understanding where they will be in the lineup and I think that goes a long way with their mental approach.”

When an offense scores 40 runs in a three-game series, who can argue with that? It’s clearly working.

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