Mookie Betts has disappointed which is difficult to do when you hit 20 home runs, lead your team in RBI, steal a bundle of bases and get space over the fireplace ready for another Gold Glove. And that GG could be a key as a great catch or two or three can certainly get attention.
Betts is the most complete player on the Red Sox and will hit in a spot where a big hit or even a solid out will produce runs and opportunity is the key. Get enough opportunity and your chances of success (and failure) increase dramatically.
What stands out for Betts this season is his ability to put together a big game or even multiple big games. The hot bat in a short series can get you crowned a hero and not playoff goat – and not the Tom Brady type G.O.A.T.
What Betts does do exceedingly well is shine when the spotlight is on. Some players scurry like cockroaches and hide when the game may be on the line. Betts? The .339 with two outs and RISP is a standout statistic. And intimidation? On Tuesday night Betts turned on a 100 MPH fastball NASA is still tracking.
Betts season is still not what was expected and I am positive Betts would agree, but the most significant way to brush aside disappointed is with a memorable postseason and Betts has the talent to do just that.