Before Memorial Day, the Boston Red Sox had been looking like a lost team in a rut with no way out. In the series against the Atlanta Braves, a team who many think will take their division, the Sox have found their mojo.
Look no further than the heart of the team, Dustin Pedroia, for why the Red Sox have recorded back-to-back wins against one of best teams in baseball. If this proves to be a turnaround series for the entire season for the Red Sox, and he keeps coming up with clutch performances like this, Pedroia should be in the MVP conversation.
Regardless of what happens after these two wins, Pedroia is the definition of a true MVP, and it’s his type of play that should be taken into account whenever the MVP votes are being tallied — in any sport.
Against the Braves on Tuesday in their second consecutive nationally-televised game, Pedroia lead the Red Sox to another win with timely hitting and pure effort. He’s been scorching liners into the outfield, and just like in the game on Memorial Day, he supplied the hits that led to the winning runs in the game.
The box score says 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. That’s a great game for anyone, but what the eye test tells us is that Pedroia is locked in, and that his team is not far behind. If they continue to get some of these young guys like Brock Holt to play well, the Red Sox could end up being in the hunt when the usual starters get back.
The key is not getting too far behind, and that’s what hard-nosed players like Pedroia are helping them accomplish. The Red Sox are missing Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks, to just name a few. Pedroia and David Ortiz coming up big and keeping them within striking distance will make the Red Sox a team to take seriously by late summer.
When they began their series at the Braves, the Red Sox had lost 10 straight games, but were able to win back to back games to stop their worst losing streak in two decades. Boston will now return to Fenway to host the Braves for which Red Sox tickets can be found for an average price of $82 for their final two games against Atlanta according to RazorGator.