Red Sox Strut: The pen and Betts
Sep 23, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Mookie Betts (50) hits a single during the fifth inning of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. The Tampa Bay Rays won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Not one player stood out with an exceptional week as interim manager Torey Lovullo did the expected mix and match that one will see with a team out of the race and to get an early start on evaluations for 2016.
David Ortiz hit number 502 and hit .294 (5-17) for the week and busted through the 100 RBI plateau with five. Ortiz now holds the record for most 35/100 seasons by a Red Sox at nine.
The gloss is off Jackie Bradley – at least with the bat. Bradley hit .111 (2-18) with a nice collection of five strikeouts.
Brock Holt moved around the diamond and continued to stay in the .280s with a .308 (4-13). No second half flop for All-Star Holt.
Travis Shaw showed that he is no stiff at third when he got the call on Sunday. Shaw – a notorious Fenway hitter in the early career sample – went south a bit on that with a .182 (4-22).
The push for 200 hits continued for Xander Bogaerts and that was a nice .348 (8-23) into his stats ledger with a pair of RBI and three runs.
The Strut of the week is to Mookie Betts who has, like Bogaerts, become Mr. Consistency. For Betts it was .333 (8-24) with three doubles – 39 for the season – six runs and an RBI. So the dynamic 22-year-old can Strut all he wants and maybe take the Yankees to school this week? And let us not forget “The Catch.”