Mookie Betts' postseason stats aren't great, but his greatness infuses key moments

Mookie Betts' postseason stats aren't great, but his greatness infuses key moments

9/29/2020 3:11:00 AM

Mookie Betts' postseason stats aren't great, but his greatness infuses key moments

When the Boston Red Sox beat the Dodgers in the 2018 World Series, Mookie Betts played a pivotal role. Now the Dodgers hope he does the same for them.

— where he figures to play a key role in their 2020 postseason run.“I’ve talked about it many times over. Just to see him day to day. A special, special person.”Surprisingly, Betts’ career postseason numbers aren’t great.In 21 playoff games with the Red Sox from 2016 through 2018, he hit .227 with an on-base-plus-slugging of .654. His lone home run was the World Series blast against Kershaw. And even with eight extra-base hits, he collected just four RBIs.

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AdvertisementBut his ability to influence playoff games, to provide critical contributions in October’s biggest moments, to shine brightest when the spotlight was turned all the way up — that’s another story.His Red Sox career was littered with timely hits and important at-bats, especially during the 2018 championship run.

In the team’s 16-1 win over the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the ALDS, Betts sparked a two-run third inning with a leadoff single and scored the first of seven fourth-inning runs with a bases-loaded walk.The Dodgers are happy to have Mookie Betts on their side this postseason.

(Associated Press)AdvertisementAfter the Red Sox lost Game 1 of the ensuing ALCS against the Houston Astros, Betts began their Game 2 win with a leadoff double in a two-run first inning. He scored again in the seventh after drawing a leadoff walk and advancing all the way to the plate on a wild pitch and two passed balls. In the eighth, he doubled home an insurance run. Fenway Park chanted “MVP!” every time he came to the plate.

“He ignited them from the very beginning of the game,” Astros manager AJ Hinch said after the game. “The energy of this place when he comes to bat is really electrifying. From the first at-bat on, he set the tone.”During the Red Sox’s three-run fifth inning in Game 2 of the World Series, it was Betts’ two-out single against Hyun-Jin Ryu that influenced Roberts’ decision to summon Ryan Madson from the bullpen — a fateful move that resulted in the reliever surrendering a tying bases-loaded walk, then a two-run single that put the Red Sox ahead for good.

On the latter play, Betts scored the go-ahead run to help Boston take a commanding 2-0 series lead.Advertisement Read more: Los Angeles Times »

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