In case you haven’t been following baseball news recently, Xander Bogaerts extended his hit streak to 24 games on Tuesday night. The Red Sox shortstop has been making headlines throughout the entire 2016 season. He is one of main reasons the Red Sox are currently 32-20 and in first place in the American League Central.
Throughout the first 50 games of 2016, Bogaerts is leading the American League in hits and batting average. He is currently batting .350, with 76 hits, six home runs, 30 RBIs, 42 runs, seven stolen bases, and a .401 OBP.
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Jackie Bradley Jr. has been a man on a mission over the last 27 games. In that timespan, he has a hit in every game and he has raised his batting average from .222 to .342. He now owns the longest hit streak of the 2016 season, but it doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon.
Bradley’s pitch recognition and consistent contact has been in a league of its own over the last month. During that month, Bradley is batting .420, with seven home runs, 26 RBIs, 16 runs, and a .505 OBP. For crying out loud, this guy is getting on base over 50% of the time. Coming from a career .236 batter, I don’t think anyone expected this kind of success from Bradley, but he is proving everyone wrong.
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It is no secret that Noah Syndergaard is one of the most talked about pitchers in 2016. What isn’t to love? He can throw his fastball 100+ MPH, a slider that has touched 95 MPH, and he looks like the superhero Thor. Well now he can add one more title to his resume, “catchers worst nightmare.” While I’m sure catchers enjoy catching his pinpoint accuracy, I know they must cringe when they see one of his pitches approaching the dirt and they know they must make the ultimate sacrifice, a block. New York Mets catcher, Kevin Plawecki, can confirm that previous statement. In last night’s game versus the Philadelphia Phillies, Plawecki had the honor to drop and block one of Thor’s pitches in the dirt and the result has many people saying “‘holy’ cow, that must hurt.” The high-velocity pitch from Syndergaard caused Plawecki’s cross necklace to leave a brand across his chest after impact. Luckily for Plawecki, I’m sure the short-term pain felt much better after the Mets beat the Phillies 5-2. See the picture of Kevin Plawecki’s chest in the link below: