Mookie Betts ran all the way to the infield to make a 9-6 putout on a popup
In the age of the shift, we often see players stationed all over the place in positions we aren't normally accustomed to seeing them. Yet, even within this new order, the division between infield and outfield typically holds up.
In the first inning of Game 1 of the ALCS between the Astros and Red Sox, however, the lines between outfield and infield were blurred. With Jose Altuve on first and one out, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman hit a popup to shallow right field that both Mookie Betts and Steve Pearce chased after. After the ball bounced off Betts' glove, he threw the ball to Xander Bogaerts to get Altuve out at second.
By the time he threw the ball, however, the right fielder was basically at the position of a second baseman. Given that Betts spent much of his Minor League career at the keystone, throwing from that spot probably didn't feel that unusual.
Just your typical forceout for the Red Sox there. pic.twitter.com/QfYXaHQWKP- Andrew Simon (@AndrewSimonMLB) October 14, 2018
Though Altuve was originally ruled safe, replay showed that Bogaerts was able to keep his foot on the bag while stretching for Betts' throw to complete the 9-6 putout and help the Red Sox escape a potential early Astros threat.