Red Sox Rankings: Top base stealers
Boston Red Sox, RF
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Mookie has been making a name for himself in Boston. In his three seasons in the big leagues he has a .288 batting average. He has a league-leading 119 plate appearances so far this season. Red Sox fans enjoy rooting for the 23 year-old from Tennessee because he is fun to watch and because his name is fun to say (“Mooooooookie”). In 144 games last season he had a .987 fielding percentage.
Betts has stolen 6 bases in 114 at-bats this season. Heading into the series against the Yankees in the Bronx. Sox fans can’t help but wonder if they will see Mookie swiping any bases. He has collected three hits in 14 plate appearances off of Masahiro Tanaka. He didn’t steal any bases in the first series with the Yanks, though he did have three hits.
Miami Marlins, 2B
Dee Gordon certainly hasn’t been in the news for stealing bases. He has, however, made some headlines due to much more nefarious activity. He was suspended for 80 games for performance enhancing drug violation.
He swiped six bases prior to his suspension, but it’ll be a while before he has the chance to pile up any more.
Melvin Upton Jr.
San Diego Padres, LF
Upton has swiped six bags in 28 games. Last season he took just nine bases in 87 games. The Red Sox head to sunny San Diego for a series in September. Upton has not seen much of the Red Sox starters except Buchholz, who he has gotten eight hits off of in 32 chances.
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