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Despite a slow start, the young Red Sox slugger is getting back on track.
The season is still young, but as we approach the third of the season mark in 2018, things are starting to return to normal in Boston.
Mookie Betts has regained his pre-2017 form with the addition of J.D. Martinez to the lineup, who has been the best hitter in baseball over the past 162 games. The rest of the offense has had some up and downs, but the teams seem to find a different spark every game, en route to baseball’s best record as we head into June.
Two of the biggest stories from this past week were the return of Dustin Pedroia and the designation of Hanley Ramirez for assignment. However, lost in all of the roster talk is the return to form of second-year left fielder, Andrew Benintendi, who is back to scorching the baseball after a dismal start to the season.
Heading into Wednesday’s action Benintendi is batting .292 with a .899 OPS. His 37 RBI tied him with Mookie Betts for second on the team and sixth in the league.
On April 30th, Benny was hitting a meager .242 with a .740 OPS, with 1 HR and 15 RBI. He looked lost at the plate, and fans and media alike were questioning his place at the top of the lineup. It seemed that the dreaded “sophomore slump” had caught our beloved outfielder.
A 3-5 day on May 5th seemed to spark the young outfielder, and he’s hit .340 with a 1.054 OPS in May. He’s also hitting with power, launching 5 home runs in the month and is among the Major League leaders in triples, with 5.
The Red Sox will continue to gauge the health of Pedroia and work on improving the offensive inconsistency of Jackie Bradley, Rafael Devers, and the catching duo of Sandy Leon and Christian Vazquez; however there has been steady production out of a few of the Sox best.
The re-emergence of Benintendi – along with the red-hot bats of Betts / Martinez, and regular at-bats for Mitch Moreland, have the Red Sox in great shape to contend for a postseason berth as we head into the summer months.