The Red Sox most productive power hitter right now is contact man and super star infielder Dustin Pedroia
Who would have guessed that after the month of July, the most consistent player to get on base and do damage would be none other than pint size second baseman, Dustin Pedroia. There truly is nothing he can’t do. Before tonight’s action, Pedey had four home runs including last night’s three run homer going back to his last 11 games.
Pedroia is on fire. The “Pedroia the Destroya” moniker might soon return. He’s crushing everything in July. So far this month, his slash is .384/4/23 and we’ve still got plenty of time to go. His last three games have been multi-hit games and four of his last five games have been multi-hit games. Pitchers have to worry about him once again. Going back to his last 12 games, he’s got eight multi-hit games and has only struck out seven times.
Pedroia’s slash over his last 12 games is nasty too. .404/4/15. Those are numbers you’d expect to see from an MVP caliber player. That’s exactly what he’s meant to the team. He’s still cruising at age 33. Through 80 games this season Pedroia is slashing .311/6/52. It looks like he’ll be able to come close to replicating his 2016 numbers without David Ortiz hitting behind him. Pedey has batted where ever the Sox seem to be appear weak.
He’s batted in the pole position, the two hole, the three, clean up, basically where ever they need Pedey to hit, he’s going to be slotted in the line up and his adjustments take little to no time whatsoever. It’s Pedroia’s third straight month with 20+ hits and it’s his second month this year with at least 28 hits, a number he’ll likely break this month with plenty of baseball left.
Pedroia looks like he can keep up this pace pretty easily especially if they keep giving him the pitches he’s getting. Pitchers should learn but unfortunately they don’t. Don’t give Pedey the fun stuff, he’ll smash it. Every time.
The Red Sox won game one of the three game series 6 – 2 against the Angels. The team will head north to face off against the Mariners for another three game series at the conclusion of the Angels game on Sunday afternoon.
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