Mookie Betts entered Sunday night's contest hitting just .167 against Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka.
The Red Sox outfielder had notched just four hits in 24 at-bats versus Tanaka, but baseball makes no sense, and Betts proved us why we can sometimes throw past statistics out the window.
Mookie Betts strikes first for Boston.— ESPN (@espn) July 17, 2017
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Betts may not have the best lifetime numbers against Tanaka, but not often does the Yankee give him a hanging slider like this one. The two-time All-Star didn't miss that 1-1 offering, depositing it over everything in left field and putting the Red Sox up 2-0.
It's the 17th home run of the season for Betts, and a great sign for Red Sox fans. Not only is Boston trying to avoid a series loss to the Yankees at Fenway Park, but Betts had been hitting just .200 so far in July. The Red Sox will need him to get hot if they want to maintain their slim 2.5 game lead in the AL East.
Here's a second look at one of the most impressive swings in baseball. Only 5-foot-9, Betts generates tremendous power through weight transfer and a compact swing.
Great start for Boston.