By Charlie Finn, Red Sox Correspondent, Thu, Jan 8th 10:00am EST
After winning the World Series in 2013 the Red Sox squandered in 2014 in large part to a down year from their star second baseman in Dustin Pedroia. Pedroia posted a .278 batting avg., a HR total of 7 in 2014, his lowest since entering the league in 2006. Always a doubles machine Pedroia continued his doubles production in 2014 with 33 doubles.
Fantasy Impact: Pedroia is coming off his "toughest" season as second baseman for the Red Sox. Although most teams would take a .278 batting avg. with 53 RBI from their second baseman, Pedroia has performed at such a high level for his career that more is expected from him. Pedroia will be protected more in the Red Sox 2015 line-up than he was in 2014. With the additions of Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval to the Red Sox line-up this will bolster the 1-6 portion of their line-up. 2015 should bring us the Dustin Pedroia of old, who will be coming into the season healthy and fresh with a better line-up around him.