DUSTIN PEDROIA and JACKIE BRADLEY
Dustin Pedroia may be the only .300 hitter on the Red Sox when the curtain comes down on the regular season. Pedroia is playing injured and may be a bit hobbled in the playoffs, but if intensity gets you points Pedroia will have a bundle.
Defense is there for Pedroia as he has been as solid as they come in the American League at second. Pedroia has certainly been consistent all season with a month to month production hovering near .300. When the Laser Show gets going it can go for a few weeks and that is just what is needed to make a name in the playoffs.
Streaks should always be attached to Jackie Bradley with his roller coaster hitting. When Bradley is hot extra bases will fall like raindrops, but when JBJ slumps Stevie Wonder could get him out. What Bradley does have is a defense that never slumps and an arm that Kimbrel would be envious of.
With Pedroia, you have the likelihood of a consistent 20 or so games in the playoffs and with Bradley the possibility you could see an Ortiz type performance in any series. If I was going to rank position players as heroes both Pedroia and Bradley would be a notch behind Betts and Nunez.