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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mookie Betts has arrived, and just in time for the Red Sox - Over the Monster

Not only is he hitting but, I have heard, his dreamy eyes have caught the attention of certain Yankees fans.

Betts is now batting .248/.322/.442 on the season, good for a 111 OPS+. His BABIP still isn’t all the way fixed, as it’s just .252, but if anything, that’s just encouraging for what’s still to come. Mookie has managed to bat .280/.362/.488 in the 20 games since his initial slump, with three homers and 10 extra-base hits overall. He’s struck out just eight times in his last 95 plate appearances, and has drawn more walks than whiffs in that stretch. He’s now through 83 games total in the majors, in which he’s batted a combined .274/.349/.443, good for a 122 OPS+ and between 3-4 wins above replacement. Yes, Mookie is on pace for a six-win or better “season” over his first 162 games, and he’s doing it with games played in his age-21 and age-22 campaigns.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BP BOSTON: THE BOOK ON MOOKIE BETTS

Some good stuff from BP’s Matthew Kory.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 29, 2015 at 02:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox, sabermetrics, xander bogaerts

Monday, April 13, 2015

Betts behavior: Boston phenom does it all | MLB.com

This is a good day. (Click through and watch the videos.)

Jim Furtado Posted: April 13, 2015 at 06:54 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Friday, March 27, 2015

For Mookie Betts, milestone marks changed approach - Sports - The Boston Globe

There is a reason the Red Sox won’t include Betts in a deal for Hamels. He a very smart *and* physically-gifted player.  He understands that taking walks should never be the goal. They should be a byproduct of a batter not getting pitches to hit. He also understands that the game is about constant adjustments. Not every gifted players gets that. (See Javier Baez for comparison.)

“[Big league] pitchers are just around the zone more. I feel like you have to swing a little more. You can’t go up there taking,” said Betts. “I kind of learned last year that you can’t go up there taking. You’ve got to be ready to swing it. That’s how [Derek] Jeter got 3,000 hits. He wasn’t up there taking. That’s kind of why my approach is a little more aggressive than it used to be, which is all right. I feel like it works both ways – it cuts down on strikeouts and it may cut down on walks, but that’s OK. I’ll take [walks] when they come, like today. I feel like I didn’t really get a good pitch to hit, especially with guys on second and third, and ended up working a walk from there

“I think [the more aggressive approach] just kind of just developed over last year, especially against [big league] pitchers. They’re kind of in the zone with everything. I feel like if you go up there taking, you’ll be 0-2 in the blink of an eye,” he added. “It’s not something that I think about. It’s just something that’s naturally been an adjustment, the same way I always say – I feel like I just make natural adjustments.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2015 at 10:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Scouts say Mookie Betts poised for ‘All-Star’ year - The Boston Globe

Betts is the real deal. Barring injury he’s going to be a best leadoff hitter in baseball within a couple of years.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 11, 2015 at 10:19 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, red sox

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Making the Case for a Strasburg/Betts Trade | FanGraphs Baseball

Neither side is comfortable with the deal which suggests that perhaps it’s a reasonably fair proposal? Really? David Cameron writes some enjoyable articles at times. I’m glad, though, that he’s not the GM of the Red Sox.

In talking with people in the game, neither side seems comfortable with the deal, which suggests that perhaps it’s a reasonably fair proposal, or at least in the ballpark of being reasonable on both sides. I know I’m higher on Betts than most, and if you place a very high value on frontline pitching, perhaps you think the Red Sox should add a sweetener to the deal. This isn’t so much about trying to say that Betts are Strasburg are equivalent in value as it is to say that the Red Sox and Nationals are currently setup to help each other about as well as two organizations have been in some time.

It’s almost certainly not going to happen, but as far as speculative trade suggestions go, this one seems to make as much sense on both sides as any I can remember.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2015 at 07:41 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: mookie betts, nationals, red sox, stephen strasburg

Friday, January 09, 2015

Visualizing 2015 Mookie Betts vs. 2015 Javier Baez | FanGraphs Baseball

Two prospects enter, one prospect leaves.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, mookie betts, prospects, red sox, sabermetrics

 

 

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