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#pounditSunday, October 2, 2022

MVP candidate Mookie Betts could see more action in infield

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Mookie Betts may see time defensively at a position he hasn’t played regularly since his rookie season.

Ian Kinsler left Friday’s game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees due to tightness in his left hamstring. He was replaced at second base by Mookie Betts, who played 14 games at the position in 2014 and came up through the minor leagues as a middle infielder.

Betts appeared to enjoy his cameo at his once familiar position. He went as far as to say it was like a “dream come true.” Red Sox manager Alex Cora even says there is a chance Betts could receive more time there and potentially third base as well.

Betts is squarely in the middle of the American League MVP discussion for this season along with perennial contender Mike Trout. Betts has been stellar at the plate, leading the AL in batting average (.346) and slugging percentage (.654). He has also stolen 21 bases and played a solid right field. If Betts gets extended opportunities in the infield, and does so adequately, it certainly wouldn’t hurt his candidacy for most valuable player.

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