Mookie Betts’ pretty impressive streak of not striking out has ended
|04.19.17 at 11:04 pm ET|
It was the first time Sept. 12, 2016 that he had suffered such a fate.
To understand what a feat it was, realize that Minnesota’s Byron Buxton — once deemed the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball — fanned 49 times during that time period. Seven other big leaguers struck out at least 40 times since that last Betts punch-out.
But Wednesday, during the Red Sox’ 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays, it all came to end after 129 plate appearances of not whiffing. One 84 mph slider from Francisco Liriano left the Red Sox’ outfielder 18 plate appearances shy of matching Juan Pierre’s 2004 streak of 147 trips to the plate without a punch-out.
“I don’t think you really realize it when you’re in the midst of it until you’re asked questions daily an things are made of it,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “He’s a special player. He punches out the one time, comes right back with a base hit the next time. We’ll get more very good production out of him.”
During the 31-game stretch, Betts hit .356 with an .860 OPS.
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