Simply Mookie issues.
Regardless of a sluggish begin on the plate, Mookie Betts remains to be Mookie Betts, so he is good for no less than a spotlight or two a sport. Thursday’s Dodgers-Pirates matchup is a reminder of that.
Within the backside of the second, Betts made a terrific shoestring seize on a fly ball off the bat of Kai’ai Tom, and in the identical movement pirhouetted and threw out Erik Gonzalez on the plate for the insane double play.
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The catch, carrying all his momentum towards the stands, after which throwing a one-hop strike to catcher is actually a mind-breaking play. The ball off Tom’s bat had an anticipated batting common of .580.
Betts additionally did it with the bat, too, main off the sport with a house run. The Pirates would tie it up quickly after.
Whereas his offense has lagged, Betts’ protection remains to be as much as snuff, getting into the sport with 4 defensive runs saved on the 12 months.
Low common or not, Betts remains to be a gamebreaker — and he’ll do it with a smile.