Alex Cora Will Have Mookie Betts Bat Second, Not Leadoff, In 2019

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Mookie Betts will have a new home in the Boston Red Sox’s starting nine in 2019.

During the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Sox manager Alex Cora spoke with the media regarding his lineup. Even though Betts has done damage from the leadoff spot (32 home runs, 80 RBIs in 2018), the skipper is moving him down a spot.

Betts had the highest OBP (.439) of any leadoff hitter last season. And while the move may come as a bit of a shock to some, the flip-flop with Andrew Benintendi certainly opens up more opportunity for Betts to beat his 2018 numbers.

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