10 MLB players who have already eclipsed their 2017 performance

10 MLB players who have already eclipsed their 2017 performance

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10 MLB players who have already eclipsed their 2017 performance

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Jul 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) advances to second base after an error against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Mookie Betts, OF, Boston Red Sox

2017 fWAR: 5.4

2018 fWAR (so far): 6.5

Mookie Betts actually had a “down” season in 2017 and still managed to be worth more than five wins. That also puts into perspective just how good he’s been throughout the first half for the Boston Red Sox.

His 23 home runs are a bit off the pace of the league leaders, but his .332 ISO is the best among qualified hitters. He’s also the only hitter eligible for the batting title with a wRC+ over 200 (202, to be exact). If he can somehow sustain this pace until the end of September, he’d be the first player not named Barry Bonds to do so since the 2000 season.

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