Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts beat Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (199) to 200 hits, racking up two hits in his first two at-bats of Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles. Both hits were singles.
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Betts is currently hitting .316/.358/.542 with 31 home runs, 108 RBI, 114 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 685 plate appearances. Since 2010, Betts, Miguel Cabrera (2012), and Jacoby Ellsbury (2011) are the only hitters with at least 200 hits, 30 homers, 100 RBI, and 100 runs scored in a season. Betts is one of 16 to accomplish the feat in this millennium.
As mentioned every time we write up Betts after he does something awesome, he’s right in the thick of things for the American League Most Valuable Player Award. Trout has a sizeable WAR lead, but Betts is playing on a team in a playoff chase, which means a lot to certain voters.
Here’s a look at the numbers (entering Tuesday’s action):