Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts is having the best season of his career, and his performance against the Los Angeles Dodgers over the weekend was fantastic.
The 26-year-old shortstop batted 6-for-12 with six RBI and a home run in each of the three games at Fenway Park.
Bogaerts is hitting .301 with 20 homers and 71 RBI through 89 games this season, and he should be in the American League MVP discussion. He's even entered Mike Trout territory in some statistical categories, and that's when you really know you're enjoying a special season.
Take a look at these stats:
Xander Bogaerts and Mike Trout are the only AL players batting .300+ with 20+ HR.— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) July 15, 2019
Bogaerts leads the Sox in HR (20), RBI (71), and OPS (.948).
According to FanGraphs, Bogaerts ranks 4th among position players in WAR (4.1) behind Trout (6.5), Bellinger (5.7), and Yelich (5.2).
Trout is considered by many people as baseball's best player, and the Los Angeles Angels outfielder has finished first or second in AL MVP voting in six of his seven full MLB seasons (including two wins). Bogaerts has been nearly as valuable to the Red Sox as Trout has been to the Angels this year.
One of the most impressive aspects of Bogaerts' season has been his consistency. He's collected a hit in 22 of his last 26 games, including an active streak of six games. He's also been more disciplined at the plate, tallying 51 walks, just seven behind his career high. Bogaerts also is on pace to set career highs in home runs, batting average, runs, hits, on-base percentage and more.
The Red Sox have disappointed for much of the season and find themselves in a difficult race to secure one of the two AL wild-card playoff spots. One encouraging result of this season, at least so far, has been the play of Bogaerts. Hopefully for the Sox, it's a sign of things to come for the star shortstop with his contract extension kicking in next year.
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