The 24-year-old with the slight frame slashed .318/.363/.534/.897 last season -- all career highs -- and cleared the 30-homer mark for the first time in his career. He finished four steals shy of being a 30-30 player, a mark he's likely to threaten in 2017. Mookie Betts collected many accolades as a result -- second in the MVP voting, a first-time All-Star, a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. The forecasts for Betts had him hitting for power, but 31 homers was not in the tarot cards. Unlike his previous season, there were no down periods; Betts hit .266 in April and warmed up as the weather did, hitting .368 in July and .378 in August. It was during those warm-weather months that manager John Farrell dropped him from leadoff to third and fourth in the order, where his bat drove in 39 runs in 48 games. The Red Sox will miss David Ortiz, but Betts has emerged as an unlikely middle-of-the-order presence.
Betts, who underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery Thursday, is expected to be fully recovered by the start of spring training, USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports. He had an arthroscopy, a chondroplasty, and a loose body removal, but while it sounds somewhat serious, it is fairly common offseason maintenance and should not affect his ability to put forth another monster season in 2017.
Betts had an arthroscopy, a chondroplasty, and a loose body removal performed on his right knee Thursday, Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports. The list of operations makes it seem like Betts is getting an entirely new knee, but fortunately for the highly-acclaimed outfielder, all three of these are relatively minor procedures. This development is not expected to hinder the All-Star's ability to be ready for spring training.
Betts went 3-for-5 with two runs scored in Tuesday's 5-2 win at Baltimore. Betts did what he's been doing from the top of the Red Sox order all season, getting on base often and scoring runs at a high clip. He has now crossed the 200-hit threshold with 201, and leads the league with 115 runs scored. At just 23 years of age, Betts promises to be one of the most productive hitters in baseball for years to come.
Betts went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run and two walks Monday in a 5-2 win over the Orioles. Betts has been killer on the road against the Orioles in 2016, hitting his eighth homer in seven games at Camden Yards. Luckily for Betts, the Red Sox have three more games left in the series in Baltimore. The homer was the 31st of the year for Betts, who is now hitting .314 with 113 runs, 108 RBI, and 24 steals, making a legitimate case for AL MVP in his age-23 season.
Betts went 2-for-4 with two runs in a 7-4 victory Friday against the Yankees . Despite his move down the order to the cleanup slot, Betts continues to find ways to score and now has 111 runs on the year, the second-highest in baseball behind Josh Donaldson and Kris Bryant. Betts is now slashing .313/.354/.539 on the season with 30 homers, 105 RBI and 24 stolen bases.