Mookie Betts Newsbeat
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The one knock on Betts was his arm. It appears that knock is no longer valid.
“I didn’t know I could really do that,” Betts said. “I think we were all kind of surprised there.”
For the second straight night, the Red Sox used an eighth-inning defensive play to preserve its advantage in a crucial game. With the Blue Jays beating the Angels on Tuesday, the Red Sox needed—and got—a win to stay tied with the Blue Jays atop the American League East.
Betts said he knows his arm has gotten stronger in the outfield, and he’s been able to get more backspin on his throws. It all showed in a tangible way as Kiermaier planted his face on the ground in frustration after his tying run was wiped off the bases just as soon as he got the hit.
“Just kind of in shock there at third base how I got thrown out,” Kiermaier said. “I watched the video after the game and saw he made an absolutely perfect throw. I always want to put the pressure on the defense, and it’s going to take a perfect throw to throw me out. In this moment, he made an absolutely perfect throw.”
Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:25 AM | 23 comment(s)
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
“He has not changed his approach in the four-hole,” said Farrell. “He doesn’t take on any added significance to the role or the spot in the lineup. He’s in some kind of spot right now the way he’s seeing the baseball, the way he’s making such hard contact.”
Posted: August 17, 2016 at 06:31 AM | 10 comment(s)
Monday, August 15, 2016
This kid is pretty, pretty good.
The 23-year-old Betts is one of the game’s rising stars, and he is hitting his way into the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award discussion.
Following his 4-for-6 display on Sunday, Betts had a slash line of .313/.353./.561 with 91 runs scored, 34 doubles, five triples, 26 homers and 84 RBIs.
Posted: August 15, 2016 at 06:50 AM | 12 comment(s)
Sunday, June 05, 2016
“I just remember every time I talked to U.L., it was just, when he gets ahead in the count or is sitting on his pitch, he needs to be a little more aggressive to it and let it go instead of being too picky and drawing walks to get on base,” said Hyers. “Mookie is so coachable. He was a leadoff guy, so he wanted to get on base. At that time, we were teaching patience and swinging at strikes. Mookie knew the strike zone. He saw the ball as good as anyone I’ve been around. It was a matter of getting the leg kick under control, the body under control, plus maybe trying to pull a few more balls. That combination to me was what turned him around.”
Posted: June 05, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 23 comment(s)
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Small sample size.
He’s 4 for 32 against lefthanded pitching, three of those hits being home runs.
Why he struggles against lefties is anyone’s guess. It’s one of those quirks of baseball.
This was Betts’s greatest game, but you just get the feeling it won’t be his last.
Posted: June 01, 2016 at 08:47 AM | 9 comment(s)
Friday, April 08, 2016
A great examination of what makes Betts and Pedroia similarly great hitters. Pedroia’s power numbers dipped for a couple of years when his wrist injury prevented him from turning on the inside stuff with any authority, especially up. He’s looked like his old self the last two years. Assuming he’s over his leg problems from last season, you should expect big numbers from him again.
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