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Dustin Pedroia hitting .383 with 1.177 OPS in last 35 games

Jul 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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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.

  1. rsox3fan - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    He,s not an mvp candidate on his own team.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      We’ll see how the year shakes out, but it’s tough to see anyone other than Adrian Gonzalez being the Sox MVP, at least offensively.

    • Mark Armour - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:39 PM

      I think he has passed Gonzalez for team MVP so far, though of course this could change again. Besides being the league’s best hitter over the past six weeks, he is also playing an incredible second base (the best of his career) and is the best base runner on the team. He is a wonderful player.

    • dan1111 - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      He has the highest Wins Above Replacement on the Red Sox. In the American League, he is second only to Jose Bautista. So, using one measure that accounts for both offense and defense, he is a legitimate MVP candidate.

  2. bloodysock - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:35 PM

    What clicked in early June was that he had his knee scoped (June 9) and found out it was fine and didn’t need surgery.

    • clavette - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM

      he was holding back before that doctor visit to check his knee out. day he came back he started this insane tear that hes on right now. Gonzo definitly is the first half MVP but if petey continues this high level of play up i think he wins MVP.

      not to mention Pedroia has made rediculous defensive plays night after night

  3. Jonny 5 - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    He’s not half the man Ortiz is. Physically, he’s not. Figuratively he’s just as big of a man in his own right.

  4. angrycorgi - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    He’s on pace to have over 90 strike-outs to go with 115+ walks…those are stats that usually indicate inconsistent vision at the plate.

    • Ari Collins - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:48 PM

      Having more BBs than Ks is a sign of excellent plate discipline.

  5. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Jul 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    This guy is a gritty competitor. In the 16 inning game he was the only guy on either team who looked like he was still mentally into the game when everyone else checked out. He had an intensity and energy in his body language and facial expressions in the field and at bat that were noticeable, you cant help but admire those type of qualities.

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 19, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    That and his beard reaches almost all the way up to his eyebrows…does he just shave the eyelids?

  7. Chris Fiorentino - Jul 19, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    The gun show started 35 games ago.

  8. quintjs - Jul 19, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    The best stat about Pedroia is he has 4 HR in 32 at bats hitting cleanup.

    You ask him to do something and he just does it, brilliantly.

    A few years ago there was some talk about him moving to SS and he was really open to it. If the Sox asked him to play 2B and SS, in the same game at the same time, he would jump at the chance and would probably make every play too, while getting the walkoff hit.

    • patsandsox - Jul 19, 2011 at 5:13 PM

      My favorite Red Sox the classic over achiever.

      No matter what Craig Chicken Cacciatore thinks about him

  9. rsox3fan - Jul 19, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    he’s not an mvp get over it.Becket’s more of an mvp than Petey.

  10. Ari Collins - Jul 19, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    He’s definitely the MVP of the non-Bautista division, right now. We’ll see what August and September have to say.

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