Friday, December 8, 2017

Cora: Mookie Betts Will Be Boston's 2018 Leadoff Man

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora revealed to WEEI's Rob Bradford that Mookie Betts will be the team's lead-off hitter in 2018. In 2017, Betts was at the top of the lineup exactly half the time—81 games—hitting 16 HRs and compiling an .815 OPS. Analyzing Betts' impact, Cora stated, "I feel Mookie is athletic enough, he has extra-base power and he can be aggressive enough in the strike zone to put a good swing on right away and make the game 1-0, or have a man on second with no outs." Indeed. (Getty Images)