Betts was named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday. The awards keep piling up for Betts, who was also honored with a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger for his stellar 2018 campaign. The 26-year-old was incredible across the board for the World Series champs, joining the 30-30 club (32 homers, 30 stolen bases) while leading the majors in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.640) and runs scored (129). Betts has solidified himself as one of the bonafide five-tool superstars in the league.
Betts is not in the lineup against the Yankees on Saturday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. Betts will take a seat after going 1-for-3 with two walks and a pair of runs in Friday's series opener. In his place, Blake Swihart will start in right field and bat eighth.
Betts is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. Betts will head to the bench after going 2-for-2 with a stolen base during Game 1, becoming just the second player in franchise history to post a season with 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases. In his place, Blake Swihart will man right field and bat fifth.
Betts went 4-for-6 with a solo home run, two doubles and two runs scored Sunday against the Indians. Betts has been resting regularly due to side soreness but played in the outfield for the first time in a week. When he's been in the lineup, he's remained effective and that was no different Sunday, when he launched his 31st home run of the season. While it's unclear how much he'll play in the last week of the season, he has performed too well when he's taken the field to consider other options.
Betts will start in right field and bat leadoff Sunday against the Indians, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. After resting the past two games, Betts will rejoin the lineup in his familiar spot atop the order, but the fact that he's playing the outfield is the more notable development. Since exiting last Sunday's series finale against the Mets with left side soreness, Betts had been limited to designated-hitter duties over his subsequent two starts. Now that he's back in right field again, it appears safe to conclude the Red Sox are comfortable with Betts' health heading into the final week of the regular season.