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Alex Cora predicts big Game 5 for Mookie Betts, and when is Alex Cora wrong?

John Tomase
October 28, 2018 - 7:37 pm

Mookie Betts is having a lousy offensive postseason. He might only have one more chance to change that narrative.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora has a hunch that breakout performance is coming on Sunday night.

Speaking to reporters before the potential clinching Game 5 of the World Series, with the Red Sox up 3-1 on the Dodgers, Cora sounded a note of support for Betts, who's hitting .207 this postseason and .211 in the World Series.

"I've got a feeling that the leadoff guy is going to have one of those games that he takes over," Cora said. "He's due."

Betts hasn't homered all postseason and of his 12 hits, eight are singles. He has still impacted games defensively, but the 30-30 force who's the runaway favorite to be named American League MVP hasn't found his groove at the plate.

"A lot of people have been talking to him. That's why sometimes I just stay away from it," Cora said. "He knows how I feel about him and he knows that he's the best player in the game. So just breathe, relax, and have fun tonight."

If he does, the Red Sox will probably be lifting their fourth World Series trophy since 2004.

"He wears it on his sleeves," Cora said. "That's the beauty of Mookie. We talk about him smiling. Hopefully tonight he smiles the whole game and he can put one of those games like in New York that he takes over and puts us in a good spot."