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Royals Bobby Witt Jr. Leads The AL In Hits, Runs Scored and Batting Average

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The Kansas City Royals Bobby Witt Jr., in just his third season in the Majors, is on track to breaking his career offensive numbers and possibly be a candidate for AL MVP.

Entering the season, Witt Jr., had a career high in runs scored (97), hits (177), doubles (31), triples (11), home runs (30), RBIs (96), walks (40), batting average (.276). Barring any setbacks, the 2024 season is shaping up to be a year he breaks all his numbers and puts himself on the map as a bona-fide AL MVP Candidate.

Just looking at a comparison, through all games to the end of June in 2023, he recorded 43 runs scored, 80 hits, 12 doubles, 12 home runs, 39 RBIs, 19 walks and stole 23 bases. Through June 14th games this season, Witt Jr., has 59 runs scored, 93 hits, 19 doubles, seven triples, 11 home runs, 50 RBIs, 23 walks, and 19 stolen bases and the month is only half way done.  Just an amazing run the he is on.

The shortstop entered Friday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, riding a 14-game hitting streak.  Prior to the streak, he was batting .303, and had just come off a 10-game hitting streak. In Los Angeles, he had a chance to extend the streak to 15 games, but ended the night 0 for 4.

The 14-game hitting streak propelled Witt Jr., into the AL lead in batting average (.325), hits (93), and runs scored (59). During the hot span, he recorded 26 hits in 66 at bats (.393 batting average), scored 11 runs, hit four doubles, a triple, two home runs, drove in 14 runs, and stole three bases.

Looking at both the AL and NL, Witt Jr., is 1st in runs, second in hits behind Luis Arraez (96), Top 10 in doubles and RBIs, Top three in triples, and Top four in stolen bases.

No doubt that Bobby Witt Jr., is a pure hitter and its awesome to think that he will put up much better numbers than he did in 2023, when he hit 28 doubles, 30 home runs and drove in 96 runs.  The Royals superstar is proving that he is also capable of doing that and more.

By the time the All Star break arrives in July, not only will Witt Jr. get a spot on the AL squad, but he may have a chance to actually get voted in as a starter.  The one guy that may be in his way is Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson, who leads all AL shortstops with 21 home runs, but Witt Jr., is tearing it up in every other offensive category. We will see who the fans choose, but the vote should go to the most dynamic shortstop in the game today and Witt Jr., fits the bill.

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