Second base has been the most consistent position for the Red Sox for the past several years, but Dustin Pedroia isn’t the same player as he once was. The former MVP’s offensive numbers have been dropping over the past few seasons, and while he has picked his average up as of late, the production is not there. Let’s take a look at the Red Sox star second baseman during the Red Sox first half of the 2014 season.
Pedroia is on pace for just 61 RBI’s, which is not enough for a number 3 hitter. He’s obviously not the prototypical hitter for that slot in the lineup, but last season he was at least able to drive in 84 runs. He was also able to manufacture some runs on the basepaths, swiping 17 bags in 22 attempts. This year has been quite the opposite. Only two steals out of eight attempts?! Now, Pedroia’s never been Rickey Henderson, but even Mike Napoli is 2-4 in steal attempts.
Pedroia still leads the team in WAR due to great defense and is 15th in the AL, so it seems harsh to judge him. However, last year he was 6th in the AL in War, in 2012 he was 10th, and in 2011 he was 3rd. If the rest of the lineup was producing at a better rate, it wouldn’t be as big of a deal if Pedroia had a down year, but with this rookie-laden lineup the veterans need to step up. So, while Pedroia’s numbers might get him an A on plenty of other teams, I am basing his grade off what we expect from the heart and soul of our team.
Dustin Pedroia- Grade: B-