Hurley: Better Check The Brakes On Mookie Betts Hype Train

April 1, 2015 4:05 PM
Hurley: Better Check The Brakes On Mookie Betts Hype Train
" BOSTON (CBS) — All aboard the Mookie Betts Hype Train. Choo-choo!

That’s been the story this year in spring training, and with good reason. The second baseman-turned-outfielder put together a solid rookie campaign last year, when he hit .291 with five home runs, 12 doubles, 18 RBIs and an .812 OPS in 213 plate appearances. And he’s been absolutely ridiculous this spring, hitting .467 with a 1.367 OPS on the strength of eight doubles, two triples and two home runs in 48 plate appearances. Yes, that’s a .467 batting average — 21 hits (including 12 extra-base hits) in 45 at-bats.

As you might expect, the 22-year-old has garnered some attention this spring, and it’s generally believed that his performance in Florida will force the Red Sox to keep Rusney Castillo — their $72 million investment — in Pawtucket to start the season.

It’s all well and good, and it’s not outrageous to feel optimism about Betts’ 2015 with the Red Sox. He probably will have a good season.

Even with that established, the expectations being placed on Betts might already be pushing the limits of absurdity "

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