While You Were Watching The Bruins, The Red Sox Ended Their Three-Game Skid Thanks To Two Homers By Mookie Betts

Boston Red Sox v Toronto Blue Jays

Mookie Betts is doing that thing where he’s one of the best players in the league again. With the Red Sox coming back down to earth after their third straight loss, Mookie led off Wednesday night’s game by putting a ball into the seats. Again.

Get this — that was his sixth home run in his last seven games, but he’s only homered in three games, all three of them he led the game off with a home run. He had the three-homer game last Tuesday in Anaheim, he led off the game with a home run in that series finale, and then he hit two more last night.

Over his last seven games, Betts is hitting .345 with a 1.424 OPS, the aforementioned six homers, a double, nine runs scored and seven runs driven in. He now leads the league in runs scored and is up to hitting .350 on the year with an 1.192 OPS. Betts’ OPS is second to only Didi Gregorius for the major league lead.

Didi’s got a 1.303 OPS this year overall, a 1.619 OPS at Yankee Stadium, a .702 OPS on the road, the Yankees haven’t played a road game since two weeks ago tomorrow, and they’ve played 15 of their 23 games at home this season. For comparison’s sake, Mookie has a 1.126 OPS at home, and a 1.231 OPS on the road. Yes, I’m saying what you think I’m saying. Didi will level off eventually and Mookie is the real fuckin’ deal. Not saying Didi isn’t good — he is, and getting better — but he ain’t lead the league in OPS good or anywhere close.

The Red Sox and Blue Jays exchanged leads a couple of times through the first half of the game, but it was looking like it was going to be another tough loss for Boston as the game went on. Toronto’s newest slugger Yangervis Solarte crushed his sixth home run of the year to left to give the Jays a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. It was Mookie who saved the day with a two-run opposite field blast to give the Red Sox the 4-3 lead that they wouldn’t give up.

There was a weird play where Andrew Benintendi was on third, and he was unable to tag up on a fly ball to right field that was absolutely deep enough for him to tag up on. On the broadcast, Jerry Remy theorized that perhaps the second base umpire was blocking his view of the play and that’s why he didn’t know when to run. He actually left before the ball was caught, went back to tag, started to run again and then went back to the bag. It was a really strange play and I thought for sure, in a one-run game, that this was going to come back to bite the Red Sox in the ass.

Thankfully, it didn’t, as the bullpen was able to hold it down for Eduardo Rodriguez, who went six and two thirds innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Very solid outing indeed for the left-hander, who has a very respectable 3.63 ERA after four starts since returning from knee surgery.

You know what? I’ll even say that a 3.63 ERA is pretty damn good. We’re just used to seeing sub-three and even sub-two ERAs from guys like Chris Sale, David Price and Rick Porcello, so perhaps we’ve become a little bit jaded as to what’s good and what’s great. Rodriguez has been good, and that’s great when you consider that he’s Boston’s number four starter.

Tonight, the Red Sox send Sale to the mound against Marco Estrada in the final contest of their nine-game, three-team, two-coast, two-country road trip. I don’t need to give you a preview on what Sale’s been doing, do I? He’s really good. You’ll enjoy watching him pitch. Estrada, on the other hand, has not been very good this year. He’s allowed 13 earned runs in 22 innings, good for a 5.32 ERA. Just in his last two starts alone, he’s given up nine earned runs in six innings. Not great!

Final score: Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3