LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles is starting to get that Mookie magic once again. 

Over Mookie Betts’s last seven games, he has a batting average of .346, with two home runs, and three RBI, with a .357 OBP and a .577 SLG. He has also scored seven runs for the Dodgers and not struck out a single time.

Before this stretch, Betts was off to a very slow start. In the first 15 games of the season, he was batting .203, with just two home runs and five RBI along with a .347 OBP, and a .339 SLG.

While Betts’ stats are definitely not up to his standards, one bright spot was that he was able to score 16 runs, meaning that while he has not been producing hits and driving people in, his on-base percentage has stayed relatively the same, as he was able to produce 12 walks during those 15 games.

The role of a leadoff man is to get on base, and for the power hitters to drive them in. While Mookie is an exception and is expected to do a lot more for the team, he still has done enough to help the Dodgers be one of the best teams in the early stages of this season.

Betts is currently in his third year with the Dodgers, and in the second of his 12-year, $365 million contract, which he signed back in 2020. His first year with the team was a complete success, as he was able to bat .292, with 16 home runs and 39 RBI in the shortened season, while earning All-MLB First Team honors, a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove, and a championship to top it off.

Betts’s second season took a bit of a dip, as he only played 122 games due to a couple of stints on the injured list. He batted .264, with just 23 home runs, and 58 RBI, and his only accolade was an All-Star appearance, which is still very impressive, but not Mookie standards.

He was able to pick it up during last year’s NLDS, hitting 9-for-20, with one home run, but his struggles came back in the NLCS, as he went 4-for-23, with no home runs.

Many fans have been worried that Betts’ overall subpar beginning is a carry-over of last season.  Over this entire season, Betts has batted .247, with an OBP of .350 and a total SLG of .412. 

While the team’s success in its’ first 15 games has been more reliant on teammates like Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner, the Dodgers five wins in their last seven games can be directly-related to their typical leadoff man.

The Dodgers are the favorites in a lot of people’s eyes to win the World Series, and Betts will play a crucial role in trying to make that happen. Mookie will have to give the Dodgers the production that matches the back of his baseball card. If Mookie can be the same old Mookie that everyone knows, then that optimism can easily turn into a reality.

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