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 went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three RBI during Sunday's win over Baltimore. Betts has caught fire over his past 10 games with seven runs, two homers, 11 RBI, three stolen bases and a .390/.444/.634 slash line. His ability to move the needle across all fantasy categories makes him an elite asset and high-end target in daily contests when Boston draws a favorable matchup.
Betts went 1-for-4 with a three-run double in the 10th inning of Thursday's win over Toronto. The offense was enough to power Boston to the win, and Betts is up to a .340/.407/.472 slash line with seven runs and eight RBI through just 13 games. Hitting in the heart of a potent lineup will help Betts to continue piling up the counting stats, and his cross-category profile makes him an elite fantasy asset.
Betts went 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and three runs against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. It took him 14 games into Boston's season (and 11 games of action) to finally hit his first homer, but Betts has impressed at the plate nonetheless. After all, he's hitting .356 and has yet to strike out over the course of 50 plate appearances; in fact, he last struck out way back on Sept. 12 of last season. That's extremely impressive, and it's good for the longest such streak in the majors since Juan Pierre in 2004.
Betts went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 7-5 win over the Rays. After a slow start possibly related to the flu, Betts is heating up. He had a four-hit performance Friday and now has his average up to .306 despite looking for his first home run and stolen base of the year. The young outfielder was likely a top-three fantasy pick in many leagues, and he should start filling out multiple categories soon enough.
Betts went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in a 10-2 loss to the Rays on Friday. Betts has started slow this season, possibly due to the flu, but he may be ready to heat up. Friday's double was his first extra-base hit and the RBI is his first of the season.
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