Mookie Betts becomes the first this season to 200 hits

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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):

PA AVG OBP SLG HR RBI R SB fWAR bWAR
Mike Trout 628 .318 .435 .556 27 91 113 26 8.6 9.9
Mookie Betts 682 .314 .356 .541 31 108 113 24 7.1 8.7
Josh Donaldson 645 .283 .401 .547 34 93 114 6 6.8 6.7
Jose Altuve 664 .337 .396 .543 24 94 101 27 6.6 7.7
Manny Machado 645 .302 .352 .553 36 93 102 0 6.3 6.5
Brian Dozier 648 .280 .353 .573 41 98 99 15 6.1 6.7