Boston, MA - In last night's come from behind, 7-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox were able to boast yet another milestone from one of their many stellar players who are having career years. And despite the recent heaps of praise I have laid upon J.D. Martinez, this one belongs to Boston's other American League MVP candidate, Mookie Betts.
In the fifth inning, Mitch Moreland singled to center field and from this play, Betts crossed home plate to give the Red Sox the lead. The team would never look back as Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Martinez would be responsible for driving in more insurance runs on the heels of offensive help earlier in the game from Xander Bogaerts and Eduardo Nunez. But in that fifth inning, when Betts scored, he made Red Sox history.
That run scored by Mookie was good for his one hundredth run of the season. But this is nothing new for the Red Sox right fielder. In fact, Betts has now scored one hundred or more runs in a season for the third time in his career, meaning he has become the second Red Sox player in franchise history to achieve this feat before the age of twenty-six. He's in great company, too, considering the other Boston player to do it was arguably the greatest player to ever play baseball and went by the name of Ted Williams.
Additionally, Mookie managed to accomplish these three seasons consecutively. No Boston ballplayer has done this since David Ortiz did it from 2005 to 2007. Putting Mookie's name right alongside Williams and Ortiz, two of the best Sox of all-time, is certainly fitting when you consider the exceptional season Betts has put together.
In addition to his one hundred runs scored, Mookie is mounting an irrepressible campaign for the league's MVP with his .352 batting average (which is far and away good for first place). Primarily playing as the leadoff hitter, it is even more impressive that Betts has also managed to rack up twenty-seven home runs and sixty-four RBIs.
Hopefully, Betts can maintain this pace even though his work is cut out for him considering that his pace is historic.