LOS ANGELES – As the MLB season continues to get deeper, one of the league’s best is starting to heat up.
Mookie Betts has been the gift that keeps on giving these past four seasons for Dodgers fans everywhere.
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He’s currently batting .257 for the season, a little bit more than 30 points below his career average of .291, but Dodger fans have good reason to believe one of best players in baseball is back to his old self. Over the last seven games, he’s batting .300 with four home runs and five RBI and has a .364 on-base percentage and a .700 slugging percentage to add on.
Mookie’s Defense Has Been Ahead Of Offense This Season
While his offensive game is starting to catch up, he’s been a lifesaver for the team on the defensive side. With the departure of guys like Trea Turner and Cody Bellinger, and the ACL injury that will cost Gavin Lux the entirety of the 2023 season, Betts has been asked to do more than usual, and boy has he stepped up.
Aside from playing his usual position of right field, where he’s won six Gold Gloves throughout his career, he’s also played 13 games this season at second base, the position Betts was actually originally drafted to play when he was taken by the Red Sox back in 2011 during the fifth round of the draft. He’s even played eight games as the captain of the infield at shortstop. He’s been stellar in those 21 games where he wasn’t playing right field, only committing one error.
After taking down the Yankees 8-4 on June 2nd, a game in which Betts hit a leadoff home run, Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts compared him to an MLB Bro all-time great.
“He’s a modern-day Rickey Henderson,” he said about Betts. “Getting in the box, we throw up a zero, he puts up 1-0 in the bottom of the first. Guys feed off that.”
“It’s a super cool comparison, but Rickey’s a different breed,” Betts said when asked about the comparison.
LA Dodgers Continue Dominance Of Division
The Dodgers are currently sitting at 35-25, tied at the top of the NL West with the most surprising team in baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks. The boys in blue also are tied for the best record in MLB when playing at home at 20-10.
The teams next six games will be on the road against the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies, and then Dave Roberts‘ squad returns to Dodger Stadium for a three-game series against the White Sox and division-rival San Francisco Giants.
All four of these teams have been subpar this season, so this is a great opportunity for the Dodgers to increase their lead in the division as they will try and recapture their 10th NL West title in 11 years.
After winning 111 games last season, which was the most in franchise history and fourth most all-time, the team had a meltdown in the postseason, only winning one game. Betts and the Dodgers most certainly have a sour taste in their mouths, as they will try to right their wrongs from last season and make sure that this year has a much better ending.