In Boston, where he wears as much as the second base dirt as seemingly possible, Dustin Pedroia (aka "The Muddy Chicken"), has been creating his own heat dome of late. Since June 9, when Pedroia had his knee scoped, Pedey has hit .371 with a .454 OBP and a slugging percentage of .648. Let me save you the brain power, that's an OPS of 1.102.
Pedroia has a 22 game hitting streak and has reached base safely in 34 straight games. He has been so hot that he even has columnists like Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com speculating whether this four-and-a-half season veteran is on his way to Cooperstown.
We thought the least we could do here at BaseballAnalytics.org is put his heat under our 'scope, so that you can see the anatomy of his streak.
Before June 9
Up to June 9, in 59 games, Pedey hit .247 with a .361 OBP and a slugging percentage of .338. His OPS of .699 was .403 less than it has been since that date. Probably because of the pain of bending his knee, Pedroia was getting killed on sliders hitting .118 with just four singles in 34 at bats.
Since June 9
A lot more red wouldn't you agree? Pitchers have continued to throw Pedey the slider, but now with very different results. Since the knee pain has been relieved, Pedroia has gone 11-for-37 (.407) on the slider with three doubles and two homers.
The arthroscopic difference
Pedroia's arthroscopic procedure has clearly made him more comfortable in going low for a pitch but by also help him get around the ball and turn that knee to hit inside pitches with more force and power.
Leading up to June 9, Pedroia struggled on inside pitches hitting .188 and slugging .238 in 80 at bats.
Since June 9, Pedroia is 20-for-43 on the same inside pitches that were getting him out regularly prior to the procedure. The .471 batting average has prodced a .791 slugging percentage.
Obviously Pedroia can't be expected to stay this hot, but as that knee stays healthy we can expect his numbers to stay healthy as well.