Mookie Betts; Mike Trout. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images; Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- The Red Sox and Angels series at Fenway Park begins tonight--and two of the game's brightest stars will be on display.
Exhibit A: Mookie Betts, Boston's power-packed lead-off batter, who, despite missing two weeks with an injury, ranks seventh in the league in home runs. That's just four off the league pace. He's second in baseball batting average, and ranks fifth in runs, third in on-base percentage, second in OPS, and in the top ten in steals. That's not even mentioning that he's a two-time Gold Glove winner.
Then there's Mike Trout of Los Angeles, a poster child for the modern game. Somebody who, like Betts, can do it all--hit, field, run, a five-tool guy. He's tied for first in the league in home runs, seventh in average, tops in baseball in OPS. He himself was nominated for multiple Gold Gloves.
So what does Betts think about the matchup?
"It's not me versus him, it's, you know, the Red Sox and the Angels," he said. "They got a good club, we've got a good club, it's two good teams playing against each other.
But he has to admit Trout's good, right?
"Yeah, I mean, he does everything on the field," Betts said. "Any time somebody does everything on the field and does it exceptional, you just go and admire watching it."
They're both great, and humble too--and they're coming soon to a diamond in Boston near you.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Chris Fama reports