Simply Mookie issues.
Regardless of a sluggish begin on the plate, Mookie Betts remains to be Mookie Betts, so he is good for a minimum of 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.
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.