The Boston Red Sox are one of the most talented teams in the entire Major Leagues. They return a majority of the roster while adding a few key pieces like Chris Sale but losing players like David Ortiz. The core of the players are young while still having some veteran players to lead the team, one being Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia will play a huge role in this upcoming season for the Boston Red Sox.
Now that David Ortiz has left, Pedroia is the only remaining player from the 2013 World Series team that experienced the Boston Marathon Bombings. Pedroia, now 33, is the biggest leader on the team. He is one of the few people on the team that has the experience of deep playoff runs including two World Series Championships. Every team needs someone or a few people that know what its like to win and Dustin Pedroia definitely fills that void for the Red Sox.
Pedroia is coming off his best season since 2013. It was the first time he wasn’t injured for a long period of time. He played in 154 games which was his highest since 2013. He batted .318 which was his highest since 2008 and the second highest of his career. Pedroia hit 15 home runs, his most since 2012 and had 74 runs batted in, his most since 2013. His on-base percentage was .376 the highest since 2011 and his slugging percentage was .449, the most hsince 2012. Pedroia also had 201 hits the most hits since 2008 which was also the only other time he had 200 hits in a season. In almost every statistical category Pedroia had his best stats for the last few seasons.
The fact that Pedroia had his best season since 2013 should encourage Red Sox fans. His leadership skills will play an important role in this team due to the number of young players on the team and now that David Ortiz is retired. He will need to have another good season especially because he is hitting in the leadoff spot with Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Hanley Ramirez batting after him. The Red Sox are disappointed with the way last season ended with a first-round playoff sweep against the Cleveland Indians and if they want to win a World Series Pedroia will need to play a big role throughout the team.
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