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    16 Innings:
    pedroia: 3-for-7. 
    THE REST OF THE BOSOX: 2-for-45.
    no way we win that game without pedeys defense and bat.

    did you see that catch by redick and 2 walks.

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    In this order:

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    the fans who stayed at the game until the end
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    mvp position player=a-gon followed by peds.
    mvp pitcher is a tie between beckett and bard.

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    Pedey made two spectacular plays in the field. Reddick's catch maybe saved the game, and Gonzo made a terrific stop on the final out. The defense and pitching last night were flawless.

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    I think SoxPats has it right but there are some bull pen arms that need to be mentioned - maybe move Bard ahead of Lester
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    Pedroia having better season than Cano

    July, 15, 2011
    Here are the All-Star break statistics for two players who play the same position on playoff contenders:

    Player A: .296, 15 HR, 57 RBI, 87 games
    Player B: .284, 11 HR, 44 RBI, 87 games

    Which guy is having the better season? What if I told you Player A won the fan vote for his position, started the All-Star Game and won the Home Run Derby. Player B, meanwhile, didn’t make the All-Star team or even get listed as one of the five finalists in his league for the final player vote.

    So who is having the better season? The answer, of course, is player B -- Dustin Pedroia. He’s having an MVP-caliber season that is not only more impressive than Robinson Cano's, but is flying under the recognition radar, which is pretty amazing for a former MVP who plays for the Red Sox.

    First off, let’s compare the offensive totals of Pedroia and Cano.

    409 PAs, .284/.395/.442, 19 2B, 1 3B, 11 HR, 44 RBI, 59 R, 63 BB, 49 SO

    That translates to 66 runs created. Pedroia has used up 257 outs, so he’s created about 6.9 runs for every 27 outs.

    368 PAs, .296/.342/.521, 21 2B, 5 3B, 15 HR, 57 RBI, 57 R, 17 BB, 46 SO

    That translates to 57 runs created. Cano has used up 256 outs, so he’s created about 6.9 runs for every 27 outs

    The main difference between the two is Pedroia’s advantage in walks -- 63 to 17. That’s 46 more times he’s been on base than Cano. So while Cano has more power, Pedroia’s 57-point advantage in on-base percentage means he’s used up fewer outs to produce his runs. He’s been the better offensive player.

    When you add in defense, the split gets even larger. Cano won a Gold Glove last year. And while he was decent last season, if not really Gold Glove-worthy, his defensive numbers are mediocre this year. Pedroia, meanwhile, has been outstanding. Baseball Info Solutions rates Pedroia as having saved eight runs compared to the average second baseman, while Cano rates as minus-3. Ultimate Zone Rating has an even larger difference, with Pedroia at plus-10 and Cano at minus-5.

    It all adds up to Pedroia being one of the best players in the American League. Here are the WAR (wins above a replacement level player) leaders for the AL from FanGraphs:

    Jose Bautista, 6.6
    Adrian Gonzalez, 4.8
    Jacoby Ellsbury, 4.8
    Curtis Granderson, 4.7
    Pedroia, 4.7

    Cano is down the list at 2.9.

    The most interesting thing about Pedroia’s season is his walk rate. With 63 walks, he’s on pace for 113. His previous career high is 74. He’s also striking out more, but that’s mostly due to his trouble making contact early in the season, as he fanned 17 times in April and 20 times in May. ESPN Stats & Information reports that he was having trouble catching up to fastballs early in the season, hitting just .280 against them in 100 at-bats through the first two months. He’s hit .429 against fastballs since, and in 34 games since June 1, he’s drawn 28 walks against just 12 strikeouts while hitting .351 with a 1.072 OPS.

    What’s amazing about the walks, of course, is who follows Pedroia in the lineup: Gonzalez. So much for the old theory about "protection" -- Pedroia is third in the AL in walks drawn. While Gonzalez has been amazingly productive, a key to his success has been the ability of Ellsbury and Pedroia getting on base in front of him; only Ryan Howard has come to the plate with more runners on base this season than Gonzalez. Unlike his days with the Padres, when Gonzalez had a weaker supporting cast, pitchers can’t just walk him if runners are already on.

    For all the attention Gonzalez has been getting, Pedroia (and Ellsbury) has posted similar value to the Red Sox. Gonzalez’s glossy RBI total may be more eye-catching, but Pedroia is producing big numbers at a position where a lot of teams don’t receive much offense.

    The MVP race seems to be a two-man ballot between Gonzalez and Bautista, but I would argue that Pedroia deserves to be in the discussion, especially if he hits in the second half close to the way he has the past 30 games or so.

    Not bad for a guy who watched the All-Star Game on television
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    actually guys i meant of teh game yesterday, though a case can be made for the eseason as well.

    from weei:

    Dustin Pedroia has a new nickname. In the wee hours of the morning, after the Red Sox defeated the Rays 1-0 in 16 innings, Josh Beckett (who pitched brilliantly) said, "The Muddy Chicken is definitely the player of the game."

    Watch as soon the nickname will go viral. You will hear him called that tonight when you watch the game, you will see it in print, there will be signs at Fenway, t-shirts sold on the street, bobble-head dolls created, and restaurant entrees named for him.

    And Beckett added, "He got it done when we absolutely needed it."

    But doesn’t the Muddy Chicken do that more than any player on the team?

    Think about this: In the five hour and 44 minute marathon last night, the Rays were 3-for-50, the rest of the Red Sox were 2-for-45, and Pedroia was 3-for-7 (and he was robbed on a great play by B.J. Upton in the 15th).

    Around this time of the year in 2008 (6/22 to 7/9), the player formerly known as the “Laser Show,” had a career high 17-game hitting streak in which he hit .474 (36-for-76). He had a 16-game streak in 2009 and hit .375 (24-for-64).

    Last night, Pedroia extended his current hitting streak to 15 games. He is hitting .384 (25-for-65) during the streak, and doing it with power. He has seven homers during this stretch after hitting just three in each of his two previous longest runs.

    Since June 15 he has reached base safely in 27 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors. Over that time, he’s scored 26 runs and driven in 19. In 129 plate appearances, he’s struck out only nine times.

    Not coincidentally, since June 9, when Dustin Pedroia had his knee scoped, he has hit .378 (48-for-127) with nine homers, slugged .701, and had an OPS of 1.171. He’s hit .463 against lefties since that date. Not only that, he has walked in 15.2% of his plate appearances. Since June 9, he’s hit .409 with runners in scoring position.

    To show you how good the Muddy Chicken has been, during that time period, he’s hit .333 when the count is 0-2 and .386 when he’s had two strikes on him at any point in the count. In his last 151 plates appearances, he’s struck out just 11 times while in the 153 plate appearances prior to that (May 2 to June 8), he hit .233 with two homers and 21 strikeouts.

    Pedey is now hitting .293. Like Youk and Jacoby Ellsbury he’s hit 13 homers and his 47 RBI are nearly as many as Jarrod Saltalamacchia (24) and J.D. Drew (24) combined.

    He’s such an integral key to the Sox success. In 55 winning games, he’s hit .332 and scored 50 runs. In 35 losses he’s hit .225 and scored just 12 times.

    There are only six infielders in the majors who are in double figures in homers and stolen bases (Pedroia has 17 steals) and none has as high a batting average as Pedroia. Oh yeah, when it comes to fielding, he has a Zone Rating of 5.489, second only Ben Zobrist. And his Total Zone fielding is 10 total fielding runs above average, the best number of any second baseman in baseball.

    As I look at Boston's roster, I see Pedroia as the player most likely to be a Sox-lifer. He’s the guy I anticipate inheriting the “C” when Tek retires as captain. By the time he is done, he will be the Red Sox equivalent of Derek Jeter, although he has already surpassed the Yankee captain by winning the 2008 MVP. Jeter has never been an MVP, finishing second once, and third twice.

    Last night after the game, Big Papi said, "Just put it down in the newspaper, I wouldn't trade Pedey for nobody in this league right now."

    He’ll be even happier when he hears we put it down in Nation STATion.

    Gotta love that Muddy Chicken, ahhh Pedey, you’re the one.