The Boston Red Sox capped off a series win over the Kansas City Royals with a 5-4 afternoon victory propelled by Mookie Betts and his three-homer game. The Boston lead-off man is seeing the baseball well and playing at an MVP-caliber clip to begin the 2018 campaign and along with fellow slugger J.D. Martinez, are the big reasons why the Red Sox currently hold a league-best 22-8 record.
Back to Mookie, he had a 4-for-4 afternoon on Wednesday that raised his slash line to .365/.451/.823 and is tied for the league-lead in home runs with 11. He leads the AL with 32 runs, an .823 slugging percentage and his batting average. He’s also walked just as much as he’s struck out with 13 K’s to 13 walks. He’s jumping on pitches early in the count and feasting on balls thrown down and in. Mookie Betts is locked in.
Mookie also produced his second three-homer game of the season and the fourth of his career already putting him in sole-possession of that record in Red Sox history passing the great Ted Williams who accomplished the feat three times in his illustrious career. “I know what I can do and I know I have the ability to drive the ball, and I’m kind of showing it. I think it’s more surprising, kind of, to everybody else. Some of it is surprising to myself, like the last one today, but I know I can drive it. It’s just a matter of using the whole field and driving it everywhere,” Betts said following the incredible performance on Wednesday.
What’s more impressive is that Alex Cora knew he could only start Betts for one game in the series after tightness in his hamstring cost him the previous three games and elected to start him in the afternoon matinee against southpaw Danny Duffy, and boy did he reap the rewards. The Red Sox were trailing 3-0 in the 4th inning when Mookie quickly changed that with his furthest home run of the day that got the Boston offense started. The towering drive to left went a projected 452 feet and had an exit velocity 107.2 mph according to STATCAST powered by AWS. The second homer that put Boston in the lead went 361 ft to left and exited the bat at 97.8 mph. His final home run of the day went 440 ft to center field and left the bat at 103.7 mph.
Mookie Betts and the Red Sox take their league-best record down to The Ballpark in Arlington for a four-game set with the Texas Rangers as they look to continue their early season dominance.
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