7/27/11: Red Sox 12, Royals 5
I know we all love using arbitrary endpoints when trying to present just how hot a player has been lately, so I’m going to do it here. Since June 4th (a span of 211 plate appearances), Dustin Pedroia is hitting .382/.474/.657 with 9 HRs, 32 walks, 14 Ks, and 8 steals in 9 attempts to go along with top-flight defense at 2B. That’s not including last night’s 3 for 4 performance.
Long gone are the days where one would need to embellish his on-field contributions with terms like “gritty”, “gamer”, or “blue collar”. He’s a legitimate superstar, the best second baseman in the game. And all the proof you need is right there in the numbers.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle for him in the MVP race is the fact that two teammates (the guy who hits in front of him, and the one who hits behind him) also have a strong case. Speaking of which…
- Hero of the Game: Jacoby Ellsbury (3 for 4 with a HR, a double, and a walk, 1 SB, 17.4% WPA)
- Goat of the Game: Bruce Chen (4 innings of excrement, -52.9% WPA)
Top 3 Plays:
- David Ortiz‘ grand slam in the 4th (11.5% WPA)
- Dustin Pedroia’s solo HR in the 1st following Ellsbury’s lead-off HR (9.1% WPA).
- Ellsbury’s walk with the bases loaded in the 2nd (8.6% WPA).
Quote of the Day:
“It’s a compliment, It’s something you don’t think about right now when you’re playing. But when you’re done, you kind of sit down and say, ‘Well, I did OK.’ ”
- David Ortiz, on reaching 1,000 RBIs with the Sox
Note: the only other players with 1,000 RBIs with the Red Sox are Ted Williams, Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski, Bobby Doerr, and Dwight Evans. Four Hall of Famers, and one guy who really should be.
- AAA: First baseman Lars Anderson hit a HR off of a likely Hall of Famer on his rehab assignment, Roy Oswalt. Other than that, the Paw Sox really struggled against him.
- AA: Third baseman Will Middlebrooks went 2 for 4 with a HR. Per multiple Twitter sources last night, he’s one of the few guys that other teams have been asking about as we approach the trade deadline.