Xander Bogaerts has helped Mookie Betts get through the first three weeks of his first full big league season. (Elsa/Getty Images)

How Xander Bogaerts has helped Mookie Betts: 'I talk a lot to Mookie'

Ryan Hannable
April 27, 2015 - 7:36 pm
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Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts entered Monday 0 for his last 10, and hitting just .171 after going 2-for-4 on Opening Day. For a 21-year-old outfielder in his first full big league season, this might be reason to get frustrated and continue to scuffle. But not Betts, as he went 3-for-4, including a walkoff single, giving the Red Sox a 6-5 comeback win over the Blue Jays Monday night. Fortunately for Betts, he has a teammate and good friend Xander Bogaerts to help guide him through his first full season in the league, and help him when things get tough. Bogaerts had many ups and downs in his first year last year, so he knows first-hand what Betts is going through. "I talk a lot to Mookie," Bogaerts said. "I've kind of been through whatever he's going through now, and probably a bit more. So I really just pass on my advice and my experience to him for sure." "Just a lot of the struggles I've been through," he added on what he's said to Betts. "It's a long season. No matter what just keep your head up and don't lose your confidence." Monday's walkoff hit was the first of Betts' career, as he lined a Miguel Castro offering up the middle, which scored Bogaerts (evidently) capping the come-from-behind win, snapping a two-game losing streak in the process. "€œIt was short-lived. It was fun," said Betts. "I kind of knew how to process it. It was fun." In the Red Sox' 18-7 loss to the Orioles Sunday, Betts had one of his worst games of the season committing an error in center field and going 0-for-5 at the plate. Instead of hanging his head Monday, he went out and had one of his best games of the season, something that drew the attention of manager John Farrell. "The one thing we're seeing in the early going here is after a tough day he's able to put it behind him," he said. "Even after getting thrown out in the first inning, which [Russell] Martin makes a great throw on, he's able to put it behind him and put up quality at-bats." Just like his ability to put the previous game behind him like a major league veteran, Betts also spoke like one after the walkoff win, knowing it's just another win in the standings. "A win is a win. Anytime we win it'€™s important, especially with this division," he said.

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