Jul 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT
Dustin Pedroia delivered the marathon-deciding hit in Sunday night’s exhausting 1-0 victory over the Rays and then came back yesterday with another game-winning hit against the Orioles, continuing an incredible run for the Red Sox second baseman.
Pedroia’s season totals are arguably the best of his career, but his outstanding overall numbers include a modest .239 batting average and .639 OPS through 56 games. Something clicked for Pedroia around early June and since then he’s hit .383 with a 1.177 OPS in 35 games.
During that 35-game stretch he’s produced 54 hits and 28 walks for a .452 on-base percentage, smacked nine homers and 15 doubles in 141 at-bats, and scored or driven in 64 runs. Oh, and the Red Sox have gone 25-10 to take over the AL East lead.
That’s a helluva Laser Show and Pedroia is now a legitimate candidate for his second MVP award, which is pretty remarkable considering the worries surrounding his performance and health through two months.
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