Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts is having the best week ever

BOSTON, MA - JUNE 29: Mookie Betts
BOSTON, MA - JUNE 29: Mookie Betts /

Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts is quickly putting together another MVP type season.

 Move over Mike Trout, here comes Mookie Betts.  Following a week in which he batted .483 with three home runs and 11 RBI, the Boston Red Sox right fielder was named the American League Player of the Week for the week ending July 2.

And what a week it was for Betts.  Not only was he named to the AL All-Star team Sunday night, he helped lead the Red Sox to a 15-1 thrashing of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Betts single-handedly out slugged the AL East rivals going 4-for-6 with a couple of home runs, three runs scored and eight RBI.  It was yet another multi-hit game for the 24-year-old, who is showing once again why he was a finalist for MVP in 2016.

MLB history

With the eight RBIs delivered from the leadoff spot, Mookie Betts became the fifth player in MLB history to reach such a feat.  He became the first leadoff hitter in Boston Red Sox history to record the eight RBIs, which was the second time he had done so in his career.  Obviously, the first time wasn’t from the leadoff spot.

"“It’s pretty cool to have your name mentioned like that,” Betts said after learning his place in history, via"

The offensive display by Betts is coming at a great time.  The Red Sox are in the midst of a five-game winning streak that has them leading the AL East.  More importantly, the consistency the 24-year-old outfielder was looking for appears to have been found.

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As a whole, the Red Sox offense hopes the rest of the lineup feeds off the hot bat of Betts.  The team has struggled through the season with its power and has had had stretches where they have reeled scoring runs.

Damage with his bat

Mookie Betts All-Star nod is the second consecutive season he has been named to the team.  It is his hot streaks and overall athletic ability that has made him one of the team’s best players.

Going into Monday night, he is leading the league with 27 doubles and is tops on the Boston Red Sox with 15 homers and 51 RBIs.  Once again, he is etching his name into MVP talks, which is not surprising to manager John Farrell.

"“He gets on these hot streaks where seemingly there’s a lot of damage to the swing,” Farrell said, via ESPN. “The one thing that has always stood out about Mookie’s approach to the game is not only a genuine humility, but an aptitude that is second to none. He is not afraid to expose himself in terms of not knowing everything and will ask great questions. But the aptitude to apply it quickly, that’s what sets him apart.”"

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