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By: Rob Schardt
Heading into the season, many baseball fans thought the best middle of the line-up duo would be Stanton and Judge from the rival Yankees, but that has not been the case. Those two do not even have the best slugging percentage in the league, as that title belongs to Mookie Betts and JD Martinez. It is no secret that the Red Sox own the best record in baseball and their success is due in part to these two guys.
This past offseason, the Red Sox got their slugger in JD Martinez via the free agent market and now is looking like the best acquisition even ahead of Stanton to the Yankees. As of today, Martinez is third in batting average (.343) behind Odubel Herrera and teammate Mookie Betts. Martinez is also tied first in homeruns with 15 and second in RBI’s (41) only behind super star Manny Machado. JD is also top 3 in both slugging percentage (.680) only behind his teammate again. As of right now Martinez looks as if he deserves every penny of his $110 million dollar contract he signed in February. Martinez has been one of the league’s best hitters over the past few seasons and looks as if he is just getting better with every season that goes by
Now just as you thought it couldn’t get more impressive than that you have to look at Mookie Betts. Mookie is leading the league in almost every offensive category including average (.365), homeruns (15), runs (48), slugging (.760) on base percentage + slugging (1.198), doubles (19) and second in on base (.438) behind Mike Trout and third in hits (61). These numbers speak for themselves and there is not much to say about him as he pretty much the best player in the game right now. Betts has been unbelievable this season and is basically the leading early candidate for AL MVP.
This duo has been on everyone’s radar especially as of late and when facing the Red Sox, teams should be aware of this lethal combination. The pair are on pace to have the best season by teammates of all time and that includes all-time great combinations like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, Pete Rose, Tony Perez and Johnny Bench. What fans are witnessing is something special, so if you appreciate good hitting go watch the Red Sox.
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