Though the Red Sox have been a disaster of late – losing seven straight games going into Tuesday – there are two players, at least, doing everything to can to turn things around.
Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts aren't dogging it.
Collecting two hits Monday night, Pedroia extended his hit streak to six games and he’s now hit safely in 15 straight home games, batting .413 in those contests. It’s the longest single-season streak since Jacoby Ellsbury hit in 18 straight home games back in 2011.
Pedroia also was the only player to speak out on the state of the team following their team meeting prior to Monday’s game. Though he may not be a vocal leader by nature, he’s been forced into becoming one and has emerged as a clubhouse leader.
"That's the competitor he is,” manager John Farrell said after Monday’s game. “Couple of base hits, he gets on with a walk, on base three times. He gives you everything he's got every day he walks on the field."
For the season, Pedroia is batting .313, the highest on the team, and since being moved up to the leadoff spot – perhaps something he doesn’t particularly like doing – he’s hitting .368 with an on-base percentage of .406 in 23 games.
Bogaerts had his season-high nine-game hit streak snapped on Sunday, but remains one of the hottest hitters in the Sox' lineup. He’s even slid up to the No. 5 spot in the order, as Mike Napoli has dropped down to seventh.
In the month of June, Bogaerts has a slash line of: .333/.357/.463.
It isn’t just at the plate where Bogaerts has excelled this season, either. The shortstop looks like a completely different player than last season in the field as he has taken more control on pop-ups and generally appears more confident. He has also taken on a leadership role – as much as a player in his second full MLB season can. Bogaerts has been the defacto team spokesman through the trying times of late, being the one to speak to the media following losses.
"He's right in the middle of it,” Farrell said earlier in the month. “I think he's hitting right around .300, he's putting up quality at-bats, he's giving in to certain counts and looking to take the ball the other way in certain situations. But he's playing relaxed, confident. You can see the rhythm at the plate, much more free right now than maybe a month ago. He's certainly playing to his capabilities."
While it may be tough to watch these games, Pedroia and Bogaerts are at least are giving Red Sox fans something positive to hang their hats on.