Monday, March 23, 2015

Mookie-Palooza Is The Big Spring Training Story

(Getty Images—Joel Auerbach)
He hit an inside-the-park-home-run yesterday, but he didn't really need it. Mookie Betts has long since cemented his role as Opening Day starting center-fielder for the Boston Red Sox. So far this Spring, the 22-year old has been the story—hitting .471, with six doubles, two triples and that aforementioned HR. His Spring OPS is a silly 1.324. Rusney Castillo's injury woes—coupled with this kind of production from Betts—cemented the CF job for the kid. As if to emphasize the point that 'competition is good', Castillo came back and clouted a three-run HR and a triple in four at-bats. If Allen Craig doesn't get moved by April 6th, it will be interesting to see how Boston shoe-horns all these outfielders onto one roster—including .333-hitting Jackie Bradley, Jr.