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Hot Stove Lunch: Jackie Bradley Jr. strives for consistency at the plate

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Is this the year Jackie Bradley Jr. puts it all together?

For much of his big league career, Bradley has been wildly inconsistent as a hitter. For two months, he'll perform like an All-Star, launching extra-base hits and driving the ball all over the field. Then, Bradley will hit a cold spell that will last just as long and often look overmatched at the plate.

It's been a predictable pattern. For whatever reason, Bradley can't seem to sustain any success at the plate over the long term.

Now, Bradley believes those days are behind him.