2011 projection: 158 games, .297 BA, .372 OBP, .462 SLG, 17 HR, 77 RBI
2011: 159 games, .307 BA, .387 OBP, .474 SLG, 21 HR, 91 RBI
2012 projection: 143 games, .299 BA, .378 OBP, .469 SLG, 17 HR, 73 RBI
2012: 141 games, .290 BA, .347 OBP, .449 SLG, 15 HR, 65 RBI
2013 projection: 156 games, .296 BA, .367 OBP, .459 SLG, 17 HR, 76 RBI
It's no secret around here that Dustin Pedroia is my favorite player. Not just my favorite player on the current manifestation of the Boston Red Sox, but my favorite player on any team, at any time. Sure, there are arguments to be made in favor of others, but Pedey will always be above the rest for me.
The man with all the nicknames (Laser Show? Muddy Chicken? What will we get this year?) saw his playing time and his numbers fall off a bit last season, and all of a sudden there are people asking if this was the beginning of the end: did Pedroia sacrifice his health permanently and thus his production potential by throwing his body around with such reckless abandon all these years?
At least Bill James and his crew don't seem to think so, and neither do I. Pedroia will come out of the gates swinging for the fences and cursing like a sailor, out to prove that the last eighteen months were the outliers for the Red Sox, and ready to lead the team back to its place of glory. I can't wait to watch.