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Xander Bogaerts extends his hitting streak to 12 games
With a seventh-inning double, Xander extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He would end the game 1-for-4 without a run and is now batting .336/.388/.421 with a 125 wRC+ on the season. While his average and on-base percentage represent career highs at this stage in the season, he’s been suffering a notoriously severe power drought that looks to be coming to an end.
In 116 plate appearances, he hasn’t hit a home run and has just seven extra base hits. His isolated power rating of .084 on the season is significantly lower than his career rating of .137.
The power numbers still have a long way to go, but Xander is beginning to hit for extra bases again. The double gives him four in his last three games (3 doubles and a triple). Make of this what you will, but his recent increase in power has come in all three games of manager John Farrell‘s new lineup. Since moving into the three-hole, Xander’s gone 6-for-15.