Dustin Pedroia came 1 hit shy of tying an MLB record after going 11 for his last 11 before grounding into a double play in the bottom of the 8th. Pedey has been absolutely phenomenal out of the leadoff spot since being shifted in the lineup and should be left there for the remainder of the season. Pedroia went 4 for 5 with 2 RBI’s while raising his average on the season to .320. Pedroia hitting for such a high average kind of makes up for Bogaerts recent struggles. I almost feel bad for Xander solely due to the fact that he’s hitting .310 and is still being as harshly criticized as any hitter in this lineup. Regardless, Dustin has been picking up the slack at the top of the order and setting the table for the big bats of Ortiz, Betts, and Ramirez to come to the plate and drive him in.
The Red Sox go into Sunday looking to be able to say they won a series against the hottest team in baseball. We think that E-Rod is actually back from his hamstring injury this time. More importantly, Henry Owens should not have to be called up to come to Boston take the L. Hopefully Eduardo can continue the dominance he was putting on display in 4 no-hit innings against Baltimore before coming out of the game. As long as he can just keep the Sox in the game, this offense should be able to go out and get the win for him. On a side note, isn’t that praying mantis in KC’s dugout just the dumbest thing you’ve seen in your life? I hope the Red Sox demoralize the Royals on Sunday so maybe one of the players will get upset and knock over the tank they keep it in.