Friday, September 4, 2015

Reason No. 2 to keep watching the Red Sox: Xander Bogaerts might lead the AL in hits

Reason No. 1 is obviously the David Ortiz 500 home run watch, but Xander Bogaerts is sneakily having a super-awesome season--especially when you consider he's still only 22 years old (for comparison, Blake Swihart and Henry Owens are 23, Jackie Bradley Jr. is 25).

The Red Sox shortstop has 12 hits in his last seven games to raise his batting average to .319, third in the American League behind Michael Brantley (.321) and Miguel Cabrera (.361).  Bogaerts now has 159 hits on the season, the fifth-most in all of baseball. He's only five back of Dee Gordon (164) for the MLB lead, and four behind Jose Altuve (163) for the top spot in the AL.

Bogaerts has 29 games remaining this year, one more than both Gordon and Altuve.  With 159 hits through 133 games, Bogaerts is on pace to finish the year with a total of 194.

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