Jun 14, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) takes a lead off second base during the first inning of the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Pedey is back with a vengeance. A 2.2 WAR puts him fourth in the league at second, but the real numbers are those nine home runs and 30 RBI. That has been missing for a few seasons, so, just maybe, it was the various hand injuries?
Pedroia is fifth in ISO at 1.46, fourth in slugging at .453, second in average at .307 and second in BABIP at .325. Pedroia, no doubt, leads in any irritation metric since he has a notorious history of deflating ego’s on his team and others. That said, the former MVP, is one of the most respected players in the game.
Defensively the metrics show a Pedey that is not quite up to the standards of the past, but still Pedroia is in the upper ranks with metrics and certainly with the eyeball test.
Pedroia started the AS Game before, so that would come into play. Pedroia has been voted in and played so his absence is not some type of disservice, especially with the performance Jason Kipnis, Jose Altuve and the under the radar Logan Forsythe.