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Alex Cora on OMF totally called Mookie Betts' monster game Wednesday night

John Tomase
August 30, 2018 - 10:13 am

Mookie Betts' slump seemed to come to an end in Wednesday's victory over the Marlins, and Alex Cora called it.

Making his weekly appearance with OMF before the game, Cora detailed why he believed Betts was about to get hot and carry the team. The All-Star and MVP candidate then responded by going 3-for-4 with a homer and double in a 14-6 victory.

Cora detailed before the game what made him so confident.

"I do feel that in the last at-bat of the Saturday game in Tampa, he hit a fly ball to left-center, right around there, the second to last at-bat," Cora said. "He hit the ball in the air and started feeling good. Then on Sunday he hit two balls in the air to right-center and left-center, and then (Tuesday), the walks. That's what tells me he's starting to feel good. I feel like he's about to get really, really hot again. And he's going to carry this offense for the next 10 or 12 days."

Part of what held Betts back during a .190 stretch with no homers from Aug. 17-28 was his reluctance to make an out on the first pitch. To that point in the season, Betts' early-count aggressiveness had keyed his success.

"The whole aggressive thing actually, there was a period there where he didn't feel fine," Cora said. "He was afraid of swinging at the first pitch and making an out. I told him, 'Dude, you're 1-for-9 in at-bats that finish in the first pitch in your first at-bat -- one homer, three lasers right at somebody, and a few pop-ups. So don't worry about that. I don't care. Because if you're aggressive early, then they're going to start nibbling. They have to grind from pitch one.' So we talked about that one."

Listen to the entire interview below.