This season the Red Sox are currently 34-25 and sit 2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for first place in the AL East. The Red Sox offense has been red hot this season and Dustin Pedroia is currently hitting with a .314 batting average, 7 HR, 26 RBI, and 41 R. Even though there are hitters in the Red Sox line up hitting even better right now, it seems whenever he is doing well the club is doing well.
In 2015 the Red Sox finished in last place of the AL East with a record of 78-84 and Pedroia missed almost half the season with a hamstring injury. He only played in 93 games and hit .291, 12 HR, 42 RBI, and 46 R. Even though these stats aren’t horrible they still weren’t as good as they usually are for Pedroia, and his sparse 93 games were not enough to bring the fire the Red Sox needed to field.
In 2014 the Red Sox had another last place finish with a record of 71-91. Pedroia played most of the year, but was not nearly as productive as usual and ended up going to DL with a hand injury towards the end of the season. That season he played 135 games and hit with a .278 batting average, 7 HR, 53 RBI and 72 R. Pedroia is usually an above .300 hitter and to see his average drop into the .270s is very strange and it led to the Red Sox having a very poor season.
In 2013 the Red Sox finished 1st place in the AL East with a record of 97-65 and went on to with their 3 Word Series in 10 years. That year, Pedroia played in 160 games and was named an American League All Star for the 4th time, and hit .301 with 9 HR, 84 RBI, and 91 R. Pedroia also earned his 3rd career Gold Glove all while putting on a laser show at the plate.
In 2007 the Red Sox finished in 1st place in the AL East with a record of 96-66 and went on to win the World Series against the Colorado Rockies. This was Pedroia’s first year with club and he played 139 games with a .317 average, 8 HR, 50 RBI, and 86 R. Pedroia also won rookie of the year that year and proved to be an amazing fit for the Sox.
Now lets look at the numbers side by side.
2007: 139 G/.317 AVG/8 HR/50 RBI/86 R – World Series winner
2013: 160 G/.301 AVG/9 HR/84 RBI/91 R – World Series winner
2014: 135 G/ .278 AVG/7 HR/53 RBI/72 R – Last place
2015: 93 G/.291 AVG/12 HR/42 RBI/46 R – Last place
2016: (as of June 9th) 57 G/.314 AVG/7 HR/26 RBI/46 R – 2nd place
The Red Sox have surprised a lot of people by getting off to a hot start this year after the two train wreck seasons they had in 2014 and 2015. Considering they are at least a handful of players in the lineup with better stats than Pedroia, I still think he is one of the most important players to this team. The club feeds of the energy he bring to the field each and everyday and when he’s healthy and doing well the club is guaranteed to do well. I wouldn’t be surprised to Boston make a run into the postseason if Pedroia stays healthy and keeps playing as well as he is because the numbers show when he does it means good things for the Sox.