The Los Angeles Dodgers, already with 103 wins, are looking to finish out the season injury free as they wait for the Wild Card beef to get settled.
With the division already clinched, franchise MLBbro Mookie Betts is still finding ways to break records and separate himself from the pack. If not for the year-long dominance of Arizona diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt, Betts would be the National League MVP. The Diamondbacks are perennial doormats and Betts remains the best player on the best team in baseball.
The games do have some historical significance. If the Dodgers go 7-7 or better to finish off the season, they will join an exclusive list of just seven super teams who have won 110 games or more games in a season. Magic Johnson’s squad is almost a shoo-in to eclipse the franchise record of 106.
In a 6-1 loss to the aforementioned DBacks on Wednesday, the MLBbro hit his 35th home run to match his 35 doubles, becoming the first Dodgers player since Duke Snider in 1954 to post such offensive production.
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Betts has already cemented himself as an all-time elite baller. As his body of work expands, the nine-year vet’s name creeps up the list of all-time MLBbros. He has an MVP to his name, two World Series rings as the party starter on two different MLB teams and he’s recognized as one of the faces of baseball.
When Mookie was traded to the Dodgers just one season removed from a World Series MVP award, it shocked the baseball world. In 2018, Betts went 30-30 and became the first American League player ever to win the World Series and earn MVP, Gold Glove, and Silver Slugger Awards in the same season. The only NL player ever to do that is Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt (1980, Phillies).
The Boston Red Sox used the lame excuse that Betts didn’t fit into the salary dump that the squad’s new financial direction required. Supposedly, management felt that getting rid of Betts before he became too expensive and building with younger, home-grown players and cheaper options would keep them competitive longer.
The Sox haven’t fallen off of the earth, but they aren’t a playoff team anymore. Meanwhile, Mookie hit LA running and won a World Series in 2020.
Despite some injury challenges, Betts’ popularity hasn’t suffered, and his Dodgers team is the best in baseball and the odds-on favorites to win it all.
The impact of Betts isn’t lost, even among the star-studded roster that the dodgers boast. His impact is similar to the one Hall of Famer Joe Morgan had with the Big Red Machine dynasty of the 70s. He’s the heart and soul of the team and its most versatile player. Clutch moments are no more than situations that most people fear, but Betts embraces. Like Morgan, he stands less than 6-feet tall, but wields a colossal bat and is tall in stature.
Expect Mookie to do some serious bro bombing come October.