Mookie Betts can claim himself the new “Mr. 305” after blasting four home runs against the Miami Marlins over the weekend, leaving him just one off his career high of 32 set in his MVP year of 2018.
As we close in on the last month of the season, the best player on the Majors best team should be getting more consideration for the National League’s Most Valuable Player.
Mookie Betts of the @Dodgers is the only MLB player in the modern era to have 3 separate game-tying or go-ahead extra-base hits in the 7th inning or later of a victory.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) August 27, 2022
Mookie Betts capped off an insane month of August with a World Baseball Classic commitment and four home runs in a three game span.
Since coming into the league Betts has put himself on a short list of most clutch players in the Majors and Friday night on South Beach was just another example of his heroics.
MOOKIE TIE GAME! pic.twitter.com/LA4rpD6sUD
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 27, 2022
In the seventh inning he gave Los Angeles the lead with a two-run home run.
He would then add a game-tying homer in the top of the ninth inning and later lifted the Dodgers to victory with the go-ahead single in the top of the 10th.
Congratulations to Mookie Betts for breaking the MLB record for most multi-home run games from the leadoff spot in the Dodgers 10-6 victory over the Marlins last night!! 👏🏾🔥 @mookiebetts
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) August 27, 2022
Saturday’s home run gave Betts 30 for the third time in his career and for the first time while dawning the legendary Dodger Blue.
In Sunday’s series finale, Betts got the party started with his 36th career leadoff home run. That puts him only one behind Ichiro for 10th on Major League Baseball’s All-Time list and third on the Dodgers All-Time list.
7th HR to leadoff a game this season for Mookie Betts. #31 for the season. pic.twitter.com/I7tfMt99Be
— Dodgers Tailgate (@DodgersTailgate) August 28, 2022
A recent post of possible National League MVP candidates did not even include Betts name in the top five, which I see as a disgrace with him being one of the main catalysts all season for the team with the best record in the Majors, especially since returning from the Injured List in July.
The only player that has separated himself from Betts is St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt who has a chance at being baseball’s first Triple Crown winner since Miguel Cabrea in 2012.
It may be a longshot, but if Betts can keep up his pace from August through the end of September he can make the conversation more respectable.
In order to do that the number on his mind needs to be 40, which is the amount of home runs he needs to reach.
The spectacle of Betts eclipsing that mark as well as his Dodgers getting enough victories to earn Major League Baseball’s best record could be all it takes to sway votes his way.
The Dodgers and Marlins wrap up a four-game series Monday before L.A. heads to New York for a heavyweight matchup against the Mets