Jackie Bradley Jr’s 29 game hitting streak came to a close Thursday night after going 0 for 4 in an 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. As Jackie got all the attention from the media, there is another Red Sox who has a hit streak that no one is talking about.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts just hit the 20 game mark in his hitting streak Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. Bogaerts has been the most consistent hitter on the Sox leading the team in batting average (.345) and hits (68). Bogaerts who batted .320 a year ago has continued his consistency at the plate by hitting the ball to all parts of the field and rarely going down on strikes.
Many people talk about David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, and most recently Jackie Bradley, but who we all should be talking about is the best overall player on the Boston Red Sox roster, Xander Bogaerts. His contribution to the team on both sides of the ball cannot be replaced. In batting, Bogaerts ranks 4th in average and 2nd in hits out of the entire league. Bogaerts also ranks 3rd in the MLB in fielding percentage, only committing 1 error so far this year.
Now I am not saying what Jackie did was not impressive or what he has done for the Red Sox isn’t helping the team win. What I am saying is that if you took one player out of this lineup that would affect the team the most, it would be Xander Bogaerts. This player has the potential to be the cornerstone to the Red Sox franchise for the next decade and you have all that this year for a measly 650 thousand dollars. This makes Pablo Sandoval’s 95 million dollar deal look that much better.