Whenever a team is held together by one or two key players over the course of the Major League Baseball season, it is essential that they get leadership from the same guy or guys during the following postseason. There are few better examples of this than Boston Red Sox’ second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Once again through the first two games of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays, he is leading an offensive attack that continues to put runs on the board against some of MLB’s best starting pitchers.
His numbers are not astronomical though they are very good. A .375 batting average with 1 double, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI is nothing to sneeze at but the timing of his hits is what is more important. He always seems to be right in the middle of a Red Sox rally no matter when or where it is happening. The most important part about Pedroia’s game will be very important over the next couple of days. That is his consistency.
The Rays play well at home as do the Red Sox so some expect the Rays to sweep both games in Tampa. They very well could do that but it will not be because Pedroia falls apart. His batting average this season in Tampa was only a few points lower than his average in Fenway Park. He just is a great player and he will be a great player and leader on the road this postseason just like he is at home in Boston.