Rafael Devers
Rafael Devers is having a breakout season. Devers is crediting his success because he’s been cutting down on Chipotle (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Diet is a huge part of sports that often gets overlooked. Tom Brady has extended career 10 years because of those Kale pajamas and whatever weird shit he’s doing. Hey, can’t knock it. Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers is having a huge breakout season batting .307 with a .380 on-base percentage, .434 slugging percentage, and .813 OPS in 45 games coming into today. That’s a huge boost to the Red Sox.

What’s made Devers so much better in 2019? Eating less Chipotle…

“BOSTON — via Mass Live – Manager Alex Cora rewarded Rafael Devers with $100 gift certificates to Chipotle Mexican Grill, his favorite restaurant, for every opposite-field home run he belted last year. He gave him $50 gift certificates for each walk.”

“That has stopped. Devers is watching his weight after he hired a nutritionist during the offseason. But he still occasionally visits Chipotle. After all, it has been his go-to restaurant since he first arrived in the United States from the Dominican Republic to play professional baseball here.”

I think it’s important to point out how young Devers is. The hot corner man for the Sox is just 22. It seems like he’s been in the big leagues forever but 22 is still so young. Devers does look more nimble. He’s also been a great hitter but he’s really locked in and chasing fewer pitches outside the zone. His punch out rate has dipped from 24.7% last year to 15.4% this year.

Devers is still a liability on defense. 9 errors is not really acceptable but he is improving if you can believe that or not. Regardless, Devers bat is red hot. Devers is hitting over .350 in May. He also can’t really be shifted because of how well he hits the ball the other way. If Devers continues to perform this way, all Chipotle’s need to be burned to the ground. It seems only fair.