Pedroia: Four games back? 'It looks doable'
April, 11, 2011
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com
BOSTON -- Leave it to second baseman Dustin Pedroia to put things in perspective.
For sure, the Red Sox’ unexpected 2-7 start has been a disappointment. But Pedroia isn’t about to feed off any negativity.
“The way I think about it, we’re four games out of first place with 153 to go,” he said after the Red Sox’ 4-0 win over the Yankees on Sunday night. “Long way away. I’m not very smart, but it looks doable.”
Pedroia is certainly doing his part to help the Red Sox recover from the early hole they’ve dug themselves.
He capped off a strong series against the Yankees on Sunday night by going 3 for 4 with an intentional walk. At a time when the Red Sox offense is leaving runners on base at an alarming rate, Pedroia has been a bright spot.
He also had three hits in each of the first two games of the series, including his first home run of the season. He becomes the first Red Sox player to record three hits in each of the first three home games of a season since Ira Flagstad did it in 1926 (also against the Yankees).
Pedroia's glove has been just as impressive. Sunday night, he turned in a terrific 4-3 double play in the third inning, which highlighted a smooth-fielding night (eight assists).
Overall, Pedroia is staying optimistic despite the rocky start.
“Everybody knows what type of team we have,” he said. “The expectation, everyone told us how good we were, then we go to Texas and they punch us right in the mouth. We have to respond to it. The only thing we can do is go out and play.”
Over the last three games, no one did that better than Pedroia.
“He’s gonna will himself to help us win games. That’s not a surprise,” manager Terry Francona said.