BOSTON —Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts was removed from Sunday’s game, a 4-3 win over the Mets at Fenway Park, with left side soreness in the sixth inning after making an attempt to throw out Austin Jackson at the plate on a Wilmer Flores sacrifice fly.
Both Betts and manager Alex Cora expect him to return on Tuesday.
“I was just coming out to be precautionary and make sure it didn’t get any worse,” Betts said. “Everything kind of checked out just fine. So (I’ll) be ready to go Tuesday.”
“He’ll get treatment tomorrow, he’ll go to the stadium and be there and we’ll go from there,” Cora said. “Talking to him just now, most likely he’ll DH and we’ll play J.D. (Martinez) in right field.”
Betts was also placed on the disabled list on June 2 (retroactive to May 29) with left abdominal soreness, sidelining him until June 12. Though the Red Sox don’t believe the two injuries are linked, Betts said he’d dealt with some discomfort prior to Sunday’s game.
“A couple of days,” Betts said when asked how long his left side had been bothering him. “I was able to get some stretching, get some work in. It kind of flared back up on the second throw. But like I said, it’ll be fine and I’ll be ready to play on Tuesday."
Wins come hard
It wasn’t his best start of 2018, but Jacob deGrom did extend his streak of allowing three or fewer runs to 27 consecutive starts. He also managed to strike out 12 Red Sox hitters, the 10th time he’s done that against an opponent in 2018, and the 31st time in his career.
Yet the Mets righty still has only eight wins this season. A pitcher’s win-loss record has become a less significant statistic for Cy Young Award recognition. Seattle’s Felix Hernandez helped to break the mold in 2010 when he won the honor despite going just 13-12.
But even if deGrom were to win a 10th game, he’d still set the record for fewest wins from a Cy Young Award-winning pitcher. If he wins the award but does not reach the double-digit win mark, he’ll become the first to win the honor in all of baseball with fewer than 10 wins.
With the lowest ERA (1.78) in all of baseball, among other high-ranking statistics, some Red Sox still believe he deserves pitcher in the N.L. Cy Young nod.
“I do place a lot on winning, but I think there’s a knack for winning. I’ve heard a lot of old school pitchers say that, as well,” David Price said. “But with the year he’s had, I don’t think it matters.
Price, who went 20-5 in his Cy Young Award-winning season, believes deGrom would have been in the N.L.’s Most Valuable Player conversation if his win total was more reflective of his other statistics.
“Just cover up his wins and losses and look at everything else and he’s the MVP,” Price said. “If he’s 20-5, he is the MVP. I think if a guy goes from having the chance to win the Cy Young to be the MVP all over a record, I don’t place a whole lot into wins and losses when you have a season like that. I think he’s having an unbelievable season. A chance to finish with a sub-2.00 (ERA), that’s pretty special.”
The Red Sox aren’t new to an offense not producing for their ace, scuffling in multiple Chris Sale starts in 2017. Some hitters don’t necessarily believe that should directly impact a pitcher’s statistics, or consideration for an award.
“I think his numbers kind of speak for themselves,” Betts said. “He can’t go out there and hit for the guys and whatnot. It’s one of those things where it’s kind of unfortunate. It’s not like (the Mets) are trying to not score runs or anything. It’s kind of hard to hold against them, it’s hard to hit, too. It’s just one of those things where you have to look at it, take it as a whole and give your best judgment. He’s going out and pitching his (butt) off and doing everything he can to win games. Just so happens they may not score runs behind him, it’s just part of the game.”