BOSTON — Amed Rosario’s recent numbers boost includes production against quality competition.
Exhibit A might be his weekend at Fenway Park, where the Mets shortstop went 4-for-13 (.308) in three games against the Red Sox. On Sunday, he was 2-for-4 with an RBI from the leadoff spot in the Mets’ 4-3 loss.
Over his past 34 games, Rosario is 47-for-143 (.329) at the plate with five homers, quelling concerns about his ability to handle major league pitching.
“The most important thing is I am doing my best to put the ball in play,” Rosario said through an interpreter.
In his past 29 at-bats with runners in scoring position, Rosario has delivered 12 hits for a .414 clip.
“He’s not only doing it against average pitchers,” Mickey Callaway said. “He is doing it against the best of the best. They are throwing it 100 [mph] in there and he hits it 103 out, so I am really proud of his approach, and he’s just playing the game the right way.”
Mookie Betts was removed from the game with left side soreness. The AL MVP candidate departed after appearing in discomfort throwing to the plate on Wilmer Flores’ sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
The play at the plate was close enough on Austin Jackson that the Red Sox challenged the call, but it was upheld on replay. Betts’ sacrifice fly in the third inning gave the Red Sox their first run against Jacob deGrom.
Sunday’s loss eliminated the Mets from the NL East race. The Mets have one NL East title (2015) over the past 12 seasons. Only the Marlins have been less successful than the Mets in winning the NL East over that stretch.
Michael Conforto matched a career high with his 21st double. Conforto also reached that number in 2016.
The Mets finished 8-12 in interleague play. They were 5-5 in American League ballparks.