There may be a few Red Sox players achieving personal milestones in the upcoming season.
Baseball is all about numbers. With that comes, the thrill & excitement for players reaching individual as well as franchise milestones. It’s even better when it happens at the game you just so happen to be attending, and can join in the ovation when it’s recognized on the screens around Fenway. I personally remember being present for Jason Varitek’s 100th career homerun, and Pedroia’s first ever career homerun.
***These stats are for players currently in Top 50 for Hitting & Pitching
Dustin Pedroia is starting the season off on the Injured List, so it’s hard to gauge how many games he will appear in. However it’s a good bet to say that he will finish the season off, going past Rico Petrocelli and Jason Varitek to be 9th overall in games appeared in. He needs just 48 games to achieve this mark.
Xander Bogaerts is in his contract year, looking to go out with a bang before he eyes a huge payday in November. Reliable to reach 150 games, Bogaerts is on course to go past 900 games played. That would put him past Rich Gedman for 41st overall.
Dustin Pedroia just two years ago batted .293 while having over 400 AB’s. As previously stated it is pretty much unfathomable to make a prediction about how much playing time he will end up having this regular season. If he can notch 260 AB’s, that would have him leapfrogging Wade Boggs and Harry Hooper at 7th all time (6,271 ABs’). Reaching this would STILL put him 800 AB’s behind the great Bobby Doerr, who resides in 6th place.
Xander Bogaerts typically averages 500-600 AB’s. Sitting at 50th overall, he is on projected course to vault up to 33rd overall, where Troy O’Leary stands at 3,456 AB’s.
This one for Pedroia will have him working hard to achieve. He needs 68 runs scored to move past Harry Hooper for 9th overall (988 runs). From 2014 to 2017, Pedroia reached 70 runs just twice. In 2016 he had a solid campaign in Ortiz’s swan song, scoring 105 runs as he batted .318.
For the first mention here, Mookie Betts in year two of arbitration sits at 38th on this list. Fresh off his 2018 MVP season, Mookie is tying up his laces to continue rounding the bases scoring runs in bunches. The last three seasons, Betts has scored 352 runs. Again, he has scored 352 runs in three seasons!! That’s an average of 117 runs a season. Mookie collecting about 120 runs would cruise him past John Valentin and Jackie Jensen at 24th overall, in neighborhood of 600 runs.
After the great season that Bogaerts had in 2018 (.288, 23 HR’s, 103 RBI’s), actually a bit surprising to see that he had scored only 72 runs. His personal best came in 2016, when he scored a scorching 115 runs. Scoring at least 75 Runs would move him up from 47th to 34th overall, getting past Johnny Piersall (502 runs).
Dustin Pedroia has collected 1,803 hits in a Red Sox uniform and is 8th All Time for that mark. In 2019 he will stay in that slot. The player that is 7th All time is Bobby Doerr, with 2,042 base knocks. This would be a 2020 goal for Pedroia to look forward to achieving. Along with naturally reaching the 2,000 hit plateau.
Xander Bogaerts is 48th overall, with 832 Hits to his credit. The last two seasons he has finished with around 150 Hits, but the two seasons prior saw him flirting with the 200 Hit checkmark. Officially entering his prime years, I’m saying that 2019 is the year he gets into the 200 Hit Club. Doing so would push aside Youk, for 32nd best in franchise history.
Dustin Pedroia known for being a Doubles hitter is unsurprisingly 6th All Time with 394 Doubles. Wade Boggs at 5th place has 28 more Doubles than him, so this is looking like another 2020 milestone for Pedroia to check off. From 2015 to 2017, he eclipsed 20 Doubles just once.
Mookie Betts is already 32nd best in franchise history for two baggers. No shock to the system, Mookie has compiled 177 Doubles the past four seasons!! Meanwhile Mr. $330 million Bryce Harper in the past four seasons, pales in comparison with 123 Doubles. Eyeing a fifth straight campaign with forty doubles, Mookie will jump into the top 25, moving past Fred Lynn for 23rd overall.
Xander Bogaerts (36th best), early on in his career has averaged 30-35 Doubles per season. In 2018 however, he bust out with a Mookie style 45 Doubles to his credit. Eyeing an offseason payday, might have us seeing a repeat of eclipsing the forty Double mark. That would put him at #25, in front of Troy O’Leary.
The scrappy hitting Dustin Pedroia is 18th best in the team’s storied history with 140 round trippers. He would need ten Homeruns to move up to the next spot, which belongs to Reggie Smith. His last two seasons (2016, 2017), saw him hit 15 Homeruns and 7 Homeruns. Fair to say it’s looking like something that won’t be accomplished until early 2020.
Mookie’s power didn’t take off until his third season in the bigs. The last three seasons he has combined to 87 Homeruns. And with him not turning 27 until October, we have truly yet to see his true power potential. Mookie just might flirt with the 40-HR mark. Doing so would propel him from 29th to 17th overall, going past Reggie Smith and teammate Pedroia.
Bogaerts, like Betts, doesn’t turn 27 until the month of October. The talent has always been there for Bogaerts. Coming up in the minors, all the talk about Bogaerts was that he has the makings of being a middle of the order 30 HR hitter. This past season we caught a glimpse of that as he had a career season of 23 HRs-103 RBIs. Might this be the year that he becomes a 30 HR hitter? If so, that would vault him up from 42nd to 30th All Time, taking the spot currently held by Dick Gernert (Ted Williams teammate).
Jackie Bradley Jr. makes his first mention in these milestones, as he sits in 45th place overall with seventy round trippers. Aside from his 2016 season where he had a Jacoby Ellsbury out of nowhere season, slugging 26 Homeruns… He has pretty much been a guy that will give you 15-ish homeruns, with occasional trip over twenty. A potential 20-HR campaign would push him up to 33rd overall, going past Dom Dimaggio.
For driving in Runs, Pedroia is the 15th best player in Red Sox franchise history to do so with 724 RBIs. With playing time in question, the ceiling for the season is about at the fifty mark. Achieving this would move him up beyond Mike Greenwell, Jackie Jensen, Joe Cronin, Mo Vaughn, Jason Varitek, and Rico Petrocelli for 9th All Time. Getting there, would put him behind two names: Jimmie Foxx and Manny Ramirez.
Mookie Betts has driven in 295 Runs the past three seasons, a portion of that being the team’s leadoff hitter. In the offseason it was announced that he will be moved down a spot in the order, naturally to have more RBI opportunities. In his MVP season, the RBIs did drop down a tick to eighty total. Another 100-110 RBI onslaught would move him up from 40th to 34th overall, where Harry Hooper currently resides.
Interesting aspect here is that Bogaerts is just four RBIs behind Mookie. And with Xander eyeing back to back 100 RBI seasons, it will be interesting to see where they end up in team rankings by season’s end.
While Pedroia yearly can produce a .300 average, his main objective has been to get a hit. For walks, it has averaged from about 50 to 75. In the 2011 season when he had 2nd best yr being 2008 MVP season, he tallied 86 Walks (Six of them being intentional). With the 50-Mark being his ceiling, getting that much base on balls would drive his Walks up to 673 total. Doing so, would raise him up from the 13 spot to being 9th overall in front of Jim Rice.
At the end of Mookie’s MVP campaign, he entered the Top 50 for Walks in a Red Sox jersey. In his first two full seasons he compiled 95 Walks. These last two seasons however, he has gotten 158 free passes to 1st base. It seems to be that 2019’s projected range is sitting in the 80-100 range. Getting a century’s worth would move him up from 48th place to 31st overall, in front of Don Buddin.
You may not remember Pedroia for his speed, but his ability to take the extra base when pitcher isn’t looking has gotten him all the way up to 6th All Time. He hasn’t reached ten thefts since the 2013 season. Don’t expect more five stolen bags. But him stealing five, would give him what he’s needed. With projected 143 total SBs, Pedroia would become 5th All Time, taking the place that has been held by lesser known player Heinie Wagner.
Fun Fact of the Day: While Heinie wasn’t related to the Hall of Famer Honus Wagner…. The brother of Honus had the name “Butts”.
Mookie entering just his fifth season in the major leagues…. ALREADY is 9th overall in team history with 110 stolen bases. This past season he set a new career high, stealing thirty bases. Another thirty or so will have him nipping at Pedroia’s heels, or even finishing the season above him.
Bogaerts in his possible swan song in a Sox uniform, sits in 47th place with a total count of 49 steals. Overall he hasn’t been a base stealing threat thus far in his career. Xander’s career high in thefts is just fifteen…. But with a payday looming, more steal attempts might come this season. Having a 20 SB season, would push him up to 28th overall, pushing aside Rick Burleson.
Rick Porcello entering his contract year, is tied for 41st place with 59 Wins in his time as a Red Sox pitcher. A projected Win total of fifteen is a fair assessment. That would give him 74 Wins, sandwiched in between Clay Buchholz and Carl Mays.
Matt Barnes has been a set up man so long that he is currently in 31st place for games pitched, 231 total (including two starts). With the Sox implementing a 2003 type bullpen by committee, Barnes will be the most used reliever no doubt, appearing in the 8th and 9th innings. It could reach as high as eighty appearances coming out of the bullpen. That kind of a season workload would vault him all the way up to 11th All Time, right behind Bill Lee.
The consummate pro, Rick Porcello sits at 35th place having started 127 games. The fewest amount of games started in his four seasons in Boston is 28, his first season here. The last three seasons? Definition of dependable, 33 starts apiece. Let’s do a four-peat. Another 33 start season would give him 160 total, tying him with Dutch Leonard for 22nd overall.
With the uncertainty surrounding the bullpen, Cora will lean on Rick to supply yet another season of pitching around 200 innings.
Porcello stands at 21st place for the most strikeouts in team history, with 709 strikeouts. The last three seasons he has delivered 560 Ks, averaging in the 180-190 range. Like Matt Barnes, Porcello will end the 2019 season looking up at the top 10. Similar result would have him being 12th overall, behind Clay Buchholz.
Chris Sale has been a Red Sox for just two seasons, and he already has the 36th most punchouts for a Red Sox pitcher (545 Ks). Being one of a number of coveted players the Sox might lose next offseason, Sale is every bit determined to put together a complete April to October season. The bare minimum of pitchers walking back to their dugout after being K’ed is 250. After three seasons in Boston, Sale would have the 14th most strikeouts in team history.
Speaking of needing to put together a complete April to October season, Eduardo Rodriguez sits in 44th place. Last season it was looking like he was doing just that… then a routine play at 1st base derailed his season for practically two months. Rodriguez the past two seasons has had a solid K/9, having 296 Ks in 268 innings of work. Barring an injury, he should have no problem setting new season high K count of 175. That would put him at 27th overall, behind Derek Lowe.
Getting his first mention, David Price is in 47th place, having 481 strikeouts in 480.2 innings. Price hasn’t reached the two hundred mark since the 2016 season, when had 228 Ks across 230 innings. What a joy that would be to see, especially the inning count really. Coming off a WS run, where he really should’ve been the WS MVP, we will see a revitalized Price as he produces a 200 K season looking to help his team go back to the October lights. That would put him around the same slotting as E-Rod.