There aren’t many baseball nicknames better than Mookie, and this past week, Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been more than just an interesting name on the lineup card. In fact, he’s been the best hitter in the big leagues.
The 22-year old BoSox center fielder led the big leagues with a .581 batting average over the past seven days (18-for-31), slugging two home runs, three doubles, two triples and driving in seven runs as Boston went 4-3.
Betts also paced the big leagues in total bases (31), hits and on-base percentage (.594), while leading the American League in slugging (1.000), and sitting tied for second in triples and tied for fourth in runs. He concluded his week with a 3-for-5 day in a 13-2 rout of the Kansas City Royals, with one home run and two driven in.
During the past seven days, Betts has been a good bet to get at least two base hits in a game, tallying six multi-hit games. Betts has notched games of three hits or more four times over the past seven days, and he’s also in the middle of a nine-game hitting streak, during which he’s hitting .556 (20-for-36), with six multi-hit games, three round-trippers, two triples and eight runs driven in.
Betts’s assault on opposing pitching over the past week has lifted his average from .237 to a robust .277, and his slugging percentage has gone from .381 to .453. He did his best work against the reigning AL champs this past weekend, going 9-for-14 (.643) with five runs scored, a double, a triple and a homer, driving in a run in each contest for a total of four RBIs.
In fact, only once in this past week has Betts failed to drive in a run, during a 1-for-3 performance on June 17 in a 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.