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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dustin Pedroia Struggling, But it Won't Last Long

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Dustin Pedroia has a .133 batting average in the month of June.  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Dustin Pedroia is scuffling hard right now. His batting average has dipped all the way down to .265 and his .325 OBP and .396 SLG are well below his standards. These numbers are largely the result of a horrid June for the infielder, but when does he go on a patented Dustin Pedroia run?

There's some question whether the Sox second baseman has fully recovered from a thumb injury sustained on a diving play to stop Tigers' Danny Worth's groundball from getting through the infield, but as well as we know Dustin Pedroia, we know that he's capable of flipping the switch at any given time.

After a strong April (.301,3 HR,7 RBI) and May (.290,2 HR,14 RBI), Pedroia has hit a measly .133 with 0 HR and 3 RBI in the month of June, which has caused the drastic dip in his statistics.

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Pedey is capable of carrying the Red Sox for a month at a time when he gets hot. Expect just that to happen soon.  (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
The past two seasons, Pedey has had below average numbers in the month of May before heating up in June, making it encouraging that he was so consistent in the first two months of this season. The last two June's combined, he had a .356 BA, 7 HR, 33 RBI and he's a career .306 hitter with 72 total RBI in the month.

Traditionally Pedey has had a strong month of July, posting a .350 career average with 13 HR and 50 RBI but he's also played the fewest (97) games of his career in the month, partly due to the 2010 season in which he didn't play a single game with a fractured navicular bone in his foot.

Encouraging also is the 28 year olds splits in August and September. Overall in the last two months of the regular season, Pedey has a .303 average with 30 HR, 124 RBI and 167 runs scored through 241 games.

Dustin Pedroia is generally one of those players that, even when he's not going well, you don't worry too much about him. He's showed us on numerous occasions that he can bounce back in a big way and boost his numbers to MVP caliber in a matter of a month.

As long as he is truly healthy, there's no doubt in my mind the Sox spark plug will be near his career averages when the season concludes, hopefully in October.

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