Mookie Betts is having a great day so far. The Nationals: not so much


It’s only the end of the fourth in Fenway Park where the Nationals are facing the Red Sox in the latter’s home opener. But it’s already out of hand, with the Sox up 8-0.

A big part of that lead is that Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals’ defense have been horrible. Like, cover your eyes bad, with Zimmermann hitting guys and struggling with command and the Nationals outfielders literally watching balls fall onto the grass right next to them.

But another big part of that is Red Sox’ center fielder Mookie Betts. All he has done is hit a three-run homer and knock in another run on an infield single. Oh, and he robbed Bryce Harper of a homer too. Watch:

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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.