Red Sox: Is this year’s outfield as good as ’75?
By Chris Embree
Dewey is sort of the forgotten member of the ’75 trio. His season consisted of a .274/.353/.456 line with 13 HR and 56 RBI. Not bad considering he only played 128 games.
However, Evans was known for his defense, which was on display throughout the ’75 season. To illustrate this point, let’s take his WAR numbers. He finished the season with a 4.5 WAR. This was comprised of an offensive WAR of 0.1, and a defensive WAR of 4.4. I don’t know how he didn’t win a Gold Glove that year.
Mookie Betts was incredible last year. He showed that, like Fred Lynn, he could do everything. He had a slash line of .318/.363/.534 with 31 HR, 113 RBI, 42 doubles. He also had 42 doubles and finished the year with 214 hits.
Mookie was named a starter in the All-Star game and also won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. He finished 2nd in the MVP, but many fans and analysts thought he should have won the award.
I think one of the more overlooked parts of his season last year was his versatility in the order. He started the year as the leadoff hitter, but also hit 3rd and 4th towards the end of the year. It didn’t matter where he hit, his numbers were pretty much the same.
Who’s better? – Mookie Betts
Another no-brainer here. Evans may have had a better defensive year statistically, but Betts still ended up winning the Gold Glove. Plus he was a much better hitter. Coming off of the monster season last year, it’s easy to say that Mookie right now is better than 1975 Dwight Evans.