Posts Tagged ‘Dustin Pedroia’

Keys to the Game: Rangers Vs Red Sox, September 2, 2011

September 2, 2011

Tonight two of the top teams in the American League will square off in a potential postseason preview when the Texas Rangers open a three game set at Fenway Park.  While Texas is 4-3 against the Red Sox this season, Boston has won the last three games by a combined score of 30-7.  Both clubs have potent offenses as the Red Sox and Rangers are first and second in the Majors in team batting average with .280, and .275 respectively.  Compare the numbers of Boston’s top four sluggers of David Ortiz, Adrian Gonzalez, Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury with Texas’ fearsome foursome of Adrian Beltre, Michael Young, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.

RBIs(Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & HRs (Green)

Tonight’s pitching match-up features two talented young arms. Boston will send Andrew Miller (7-, 4.42) to the mound and Texas will counter with Derek Holland (12-5, 4.30).  Check out their numbers over their last 5 starts.

ERs Allowed (Blue), Strikeouts (Orange) & Walks (Green)

Can Boston sustain their recent slugging shellacking of the Rangers? Or will Holland, who is leading the American League with four Shutouts this season, be able to fasten the floodgate at Fenway?

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Pedroia Power

August 30, 2011

The Boston Red Sox are 10-2 this season against the New York Yankees thanks in part to the timely hitting of Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia is batting .439 with 10 RBIs in 11 games this season against the Yankees. If the Red Sox hope to further pad their AL East lead, they will need Pedroia to continue his “Laser Show” against the Yankees. How many RBIs will Pedroia hit against the Yankees?

Summary: Click here for some guesses for how many RBIs Dustin Pedroia will hit against the Yankees.

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Boston’s Most Valubale Trio

August 28, 2011

One of the few “problems” the Boston Red Sox are having this season is identifying a team Most Valuable Player. The Red Sox are leading the Majors with 718 Runs Scored.  So it is no surprise that First Baseman, Adrian Gonzalez (103 RBIs .965 OPS), Second Baseman, Dustin Pedroia (71 RBIs, .872 OPS) and Center Fielder, Jacoby Ellsbury (92 RBIs, .889 OPS), are all serious contenders for the AL MVP. Check out their batting averages.

Gonzalez (Grey), Ellsbury (Red) & Pedroia (White)

Off-season acquisition Adrian Gonzalez has been an absolute offensive juggernaut, leading the Majors with 184 Hits and 103 RBIs.  Compare Gonzalez’s offensive numbers with Pedroia’s and Ellsbury’s.

RBIs (Blue), Runs Scored (Orange) & HRs (Green)

However, Gonzalez’s Boston teammates have much higher WARs (Wins Above Replacement), arguably the preeminent indicator for MVP. Pedroia and Ellsbury are second and third in the American League with WARs of 7.2 and 6.8 respectively. Gonzalez’s 5.7 WAR is sixth.  (Toronto’s postseason non-contention diminishes WAR leader Jose Bautista’s contention)  With one month left in the regular season which Red Sox will emerge as the team and quite possibly the AL MVP?

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Laser Showing

July 29, 2011

Dustin Pedroia and the high octane Red Sox offense have been putting on a laser show this season scoring a Major League leading 570 runs in 2011.  Pedroia, who coined the laser show moniker last season, is in the midst of a career-best 25 game hitting streak.  With a batting average of .404 and an on-base plus slugging of 1.211, Pedroia has helped lead the Red Sox to a 19-6 record during his streak.

Check out Pedroia’s production over the last 25 games.

Hits (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & HRs (Green)

See how Pedroia’s Boston teammates are batting this season.

The Red Sox look to avenge a series sweep against the White Sox tonight in Chicago.  Will the Windy City extinguish Pedroia’s lasers?

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