This time last week, the Boston Red Sox were slumping through a 10-game losing streak. Now, the Sox own the longest winning streak in the league at six games. Along with putting together a week’s worth of victories, Boston also avoided a major scare involving one of their team leaders in Dustin Pedroia.
Pedroia missed Saturday’s game with a hand injury. All of Red Sox Nation can breathe a sigh of relief as a negative X-ray and MRI revealed no structural damage or fracture for the Boston second baseman. Pedroia will ultimately get to avoid a DL stint, which is just as huge of a win for the Red Sox as these past few games have been.
While Boston would still have David Ortiz to lean on, and the suddenly-on-fire Xander Bogaerts to back him up, losing Pedroia for a few weeks would be a major momentum-killer. Pedroia’s in-game intangibles and leadership are something that can never be replaced or duplicated for an extended period of time. He is a grinder and hustler who gives the Red Sox that added extra edge against teams.
Losing Pedroia would have been Boston’s fourth everyday starter on the DL in addition to two starting pitchers. Already without the likes of Mike Napoli, Shane Victorino and Clay Buchholz among others, Boston is fighting to get back to the .500 mark and back toward the top of the AL East standings.
It is amazing to see the roller coaster that Boston has been on to close out the month with losing 10 straight games, only to win six in a row to follow. By no means are the champs out of it as the calendar changes to June. While the Sox still have a lot of work to do in order to get back to fall baseball, having their heart and soul in Pedroia not missing a ton of time is a win in and of itself.
Nick Schaeflein is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.