Dustin Pedroia Still Drives The Boston Red Sox

By Devin O'Barr

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2012 was a year to forget for the Boston Red Sox as they turned in one of the worst MLB seasons in franchise history with a 69-93 record. In order for the Red Sox to return back to AL East champion form they will need another MVP caliber season from their second basemen Dustin Pedroia.

Since making an enormous splash with a Rookie of the Year trophy in 2007, Pedrioa has been the driving force for a Red Sox team that has weathered the storm of some good times and some bad times. There is something to be said for a player that can withstand trials and tribulations like Pedrioa as he has been nothing short of a game-changer for the Sox.

Last year was a down year for everyone in the Red Sox lineup and Pedrioa was no exception as the slugger scored just 81 runs a year after crossing the plate 102 times in 2011. The Red Sox will need him to do a lot of things as the three hitter, however, scoring runs will be increasingly important as the entire division has gotten better including the revamped Toronto Blue Jays offense.

I look for Pedroia to turn in a great season in 2013, as the infielder has some of the best offensive structure behind him including the young slugger Will Middlebrooks for a full season. With Mike Napoli also providing more stability in the Red Sox lineup, I think Pedrioa will see much better pitching this season.

I would mark Pedroia down for a .300 average, 20 plus home runs and stolen bases to go along with at least 100 runs.

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