Simply Mookie issues.
Regardless of a sluggish begin on the plate, Mookie Betts continues to be Mookie Betts, so he is good for at the very least a spotlight or two a sport. Thursday’s Dodgers-Pirates matchup is a reminder of that.
Within the backside of the second, Betts made an important 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.
MORE: Let’s bear in mind the time a 15-year-old pitched for the Reds
The catch, carrying all his momentum towards the stands, after which throwing a one-hop strike to catcher is really 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 continues to be as much as snuff, coming into the sport with 4 defensive runs saved on the 12 months.
Low common or not, Betts continues to be a gamebreaker — and he’ll do it with a smile.