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Red Sox Talk: Mookie Betts Wants To Be Better

Boston Red Sox Talk: Mookie Betts Wants To Be Better

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs on Thursday night. But despite the good night, Betts knows he is capable of doing more for Boston.

“I know I’m capable of more,” he said.

Bett’s season average is up to.275 with his slash line at .275/.349/.485. Betts hit his 13th home run of the season on Thursday and bumped his RBI total up to 43.

Mookie has had a rough go of it this season, his stats are well below his career averages. His career slash line is .299/.354/.497, but despite being short of those numbers, Betts is showing improvement lately.

The last two games have been really strong on his part,” manager John Farrell said. “He had a full assortment tonight…. He got better as the night went along.”

Looking at his advanced metrics there isn’t one thing that jumps out about Mookie’s numbers this season. In fact, with RISP he is batting .393 in 56 at-bats. When it comes to striking out, Betts is striking out 8.1% of the time, lower than his career number of 11.4%.

Right now Betts is on track for 178 hits, 26 home runs, and 88 RBIs. Not a bad season by any stretch of the imagination, but still far short of what he is capable of.

Betts may look a little off, but he is poised to have an MVP-like second half for the Boston Red Sox. His issue this year has been hits not falling in, more line drives right to players than the gap.

Look for Mookie to continue to build up for a strong post-all-star break swing.

Red Sox Talk: Mookie Betts Wants To Be Better
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