One of the reasons Mookie Betts found great success in 2018 was due to consistency. While his career cannot be labeled one of inconsistency, Betts managed to rebound from a less-than-stellar 2017 (which can be said of many Boston players that season).
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Even then, Betts still had a season than many major league players would appreciate.
Betts, of course, isn’t just a run-of-the-mill player. And by playing consistent in every month and finding a permanent spot in the batting order, Betts thrived. I was one who believed Betts best position in the batting order was not the leadoff spot. Locking down the position, however, proved to be a wise choice.
Consistency was a huge key. Outside of going only 2-11 in March, Betts hit .300 or higher in every month but June. This was a month in which he had only 63 at-bats but still hit .290.
His power dipped slightly after the all-star break, in which he hit only nine home runs over the season’s final 2.5 months.
Staying productive from start to finish is again a goal that should be high on Betts’ list. This means getting on base consistently, hitting for average, and powering his way to 28 to 35 home runs.