BOOMING JUNE: Boston’s offense leads the AL with 179 hits and 37 doubles in June…The Sox are batting .289 (179-for-620) this month, 2nd best in the AL and just shy of Toronto’s .290 mark…Boston hit .245 in April and .237 in May.
· Since the start of June, the Red Sox have an AL-high 5 players with a .300 AVG (min. 50 PA each): Dustin Pedroia (.365), Brock Holt (.356), Pablo Sandoval (.346), Mookie Betts (.345), and Xander Bogaerts (.310)…Those 5 have combined to bat .343 (103-for-300) with 21 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 31 RBI, and 22 BB for a .388 OBP, .500 SLG, and .888 OPS.
MOOKIE HEATING: With a career-high 4 hits last night, Mookie Betts is now 13-for-22 (.591) in his last 5 games with a major league-leading .556 AVG (15-for-27) in his last 7 contests beginning 6/11…That latter stretch has raised his AVG from .234 to .267, his highest mark since a 2-for-4 (.500) start to 2015 on Opening Day.
· At 22 years old, yesterday Betts became the youngest Red Sox with 4 hits and a stolen base in a 9-inning game since Carl Yastrzemski at 21 on 7/9/61 (gm. 2).
· Betts has not been doubled up in 258 AB this season, most in the majors among players who have not hit into a GIDP…The last Red Sox to go this many AB into a season without a GIDP was Otis Nixon, who in 1994 went all 398 AB without grounding into a DP.
A-OK AT THE K: In 23 career road games against the Royals, Dustin Pedroia is batting .381 (32-for-84) with 5 2B, 3 HR, 16 RBI, and 18 BB…His .491 OBP here is the best all-time mark at Kauffman Stadium (min. 100 PA), while the .381 AVG ranks 2nd among actives to Erick Aybar (.383).