Mookie Betts Is Scoring Runs At An Insanely Historic Rate | The MLBbro Can’t Miss The Dish

Mookie Betts Is Scoring Runs At An Insanely Historic Rate | The MLBbro Can’t Miss The Dish

Mookie Betts put on a full display of his talents in Saturday night’s victory over the Phillies.  From hitting a home run, to driving in two runs on a double and throwing out what would have been the go-ahead run at home plate. He once again showed that when he’s on, he is the biggest star in Hollywood.

 

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Nobody in Major League Baseball has crossed the plate to score more than Mookie Betts has this season. The former MVP added two more runs to his league-leading total of 40 after Sundays 4-3 loss to the scrappy Philadelphia Phillies. He’s on pace for 157 this season. That would make him the second player since 1950 to score over 150 runs, the other being Jeff Bagwell who did it in 2000 with the Houston Astros.

 

 

Betts got the Dodgers offense started Saturday with a 3rd inning home run off Zach Wheeler to even the score at one a piece.  It was his third home run in seven games and his ninth overall this season.

 

 

Fast forward to the 5th inning, full count, two outs with runners on first and second as his Dodgers trailed 4-1.  Betts hit a ball deep into the left center field of Citizens Bank Park.  As he rounded second, Betts fell and appeared to injure his left arm.  Trainers would come out to help him, but he would ultimately decide to stay in the game.

“I tried to turn on the jets but then realized I don’t have the jets anymore,” Betts said in his post game interview with a smile on his face.  “I slipped on the base and put my arm down, not sure what happened but it was just a little stinger that went away after a minute or two.”

That play had Dodger fans holding their breath as they watched their superstar agonize in pain.  He is at the top of the list for a majority of Dodgers hitting statistics including leading the team in runs scored and home runs while being in the top three for RBI, on base percentage and slugging percentage.

To cap off his Saturday night, Betts made what might have been the biggest play of the Dodgers season.

 

 

With the bases loaded and one out in the 7th inning, Betts tracked down a line drive, made the catch and threw out a runner with a perfect throw from right field to keep the score tied at four.  It was the third runner Betts has thrown out in the last two weeks.

“That situation is kind of what you live for,” said Betts.  “It does not happen very often.  I long toss and do everything just to be ready for that moment, it gives you a little adrenaline rush.”

The Dodgers would go on to win their seventh game out of their last 10 as Mookie Betts continues to be in MVP form during a season manager Dave Roberts described as World Series or bust.

Betts seems to be taking on that challenge personally.  He got off to a slow start but attributed that to a few instances of bad luck where the ball just could not find the ground.

Over his last 15 games, entering Sunday, Betts was batting .308 with 15 RBI, five home runs, 15 runs scored and a .646 slugging percentage.

This week Betts and his Dodgers travel to the nation’s capital to take on Josh Bell and the Washington Nationals before heading to Arizona for a divisional matchup against the Diamondbacks.  

LA Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts is back to MVP form, batting .393 in his last seven games.

The Mookie Betts MLBbro Magic Is Back | It Was Only A Matter Of Time

The Mookie Betts MLBbro Magic Is Back | It Was Only A Matter Of Time

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.

Josiah Gray Is Stepping Up As Young Ace Of Washington Nationals Staff

Josiah Gray Is Stepping Up As Young Ace Of Washington Nationals Staff

There’s new Melanated Mound Marauder on the come up and his name is Josiah Gray.

With veteran leaders Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross still on the mend, Gray has become the stopper on the staff.

The Washington Nationals pitcher was a top prospect in the LA Dodgers organization and came to Washington in the blockbuster trade that sent Mad Max Scherzer and talented shortstop Trea Turner to the talent-laden Dodgers in 2021.   

Nats fans saw the move as a clearinghouse. A shameless unloading of talent that occurs too often when small market clubs rise to baseball supremacy.  Just two years removed from the first World Series title in franchise history, the Nats typically started cleaning shop, cutting star players and potentially high salary and preparing for another rebuild. However, the X-Factor in that trade was Gray. If he was ready to develop into an ace starter, then the Nationals would be patting themselves on the back for years to come. 

Washington was picked by most analysts to finish at the bottom of the NL East with the Mets, Braves and Phillies all slugging it out for supremacy once again. 12 games into the season and the Nats are where everyone expected (5-7), but the shining light and hope for the future is the young Gray who completed his second straight quality start, going 5.1 innings and surrendering just one run and three hits while striking out eight in a 6-1 Washington Nationals win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday. 

The first step towards becoming a competitive club is beating the teams that your roster says you should beat. The Nationals did that on Tuesday, overpowering a Diamondbacks club that is expected to finish among baseball’s worst. 

Gray is finding his zone and a comfortable home in the Nation’s capital. The Dodgers will surely wish they had held onto the 24-year-old rising star if he keeps elevating his stature at this pace. Young arms with command and confidence are hard to come by and Gray has both.  

 

“When you see guys time and time again and you continue to get them out, it gives you that extra confidence my stuff is still playing,” Gray said. “They’re still having a difficult time in picking up my stuff. It definitely gives you confidence.”

The Nats have a long way to go and some more talent to acquire in order to compete with the top of the division, but the silver lining is the development of Gray, who after a rough first start against the Mets in which he surrendered four runs in four innings, settled down in his next start tossing 5 scoreless frames against the World Champion Braves. 

Gray has a 2-1 record and a 3.14 ERA on the season. In his last 10.1 innings the New Rochelle, NY native has allowed just one earned run and he’s overpowered hitters, striking out 13. His out pitch has been his curveball, which is keeping hitters off balance nicely. 

His dominance on the mound, in the absence of a veteran ace such as Max Scherzer, is a huge confidence builder for manager Dave Martinez and his fellow MLBro teammate Josh Bell, who plays first base.

 

“It’s really exciting to see him grow and I’m pumped to see what happens next for him,” said first Bell, who’s off to a scorching start of his own and seeking a huge bag on the free agent market after the season. 

This future Black Ace is one of the rising pitching stars in MLB along with Cincinatti Reds fireballer Hunter Greene and Cleveland Guardians wonderkid Triston McKenzie.

 

Dave Roberts Displays Confidence In Many Areas, Including The Finalization Of New Deal With LA Dodgers

Dave Roberts Displays Confidence In Many Areas, Including The Finalization Of New Deal With LA Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CA Now that the 2022 MLB season is officially happening thanks to both sides representing the players and the owners coming to an agreement, that famous saying, play ballcan truly have meaning.

As teams prepare schedules and maneuver through free agency, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has many things weighing on him for the start of the season including a new deal.

No new deal has been reached, however Roberts via a zoom call to local media stressed that he was encouraged on how the talks are continuing to progress daily.

Were moving forward. Hopefully we can get it done sooner rather than later. I think were really close,Roberts said. I dont think that its going to be an issue here in the coming days.

In the final season of his current contract, many wondered if the Dodgers would allow Roberts to enter into the season without a new deal in place.

Under his tenure, Roberts has guided the Dodgers into the playoffs all six years, winning five National League West titles and brought the franchise a World Series title in 2020. The first time Los Angeles has won a championship since 1988.

As Roberts was elated that Spring Training, he will arrive in Arizona on Sunday. the As baseball gets closer to starting, many questions loomed concerning free agent pitcher Clayton Kershaw, Max Muncy, and the status of Trevor Bauers return to the team.

Making sure guys are healthy and ready to go, and the guys that werent totally ramped up just kind of seeing where theyre at.

On Friday one of those questions was answered in the form a one-year deal for Kershaw to remain on the mound in Los Angeles. Roberts has maintained a solid relationship with Kershaw, which made this deal fit perfectly.

As it pertains to a more difficult subject, Robert addressed the future of pitcher Trevor Bauer who made 17 starts for the team in 2021.

Roberts said that he doesnt want to “close the door completelyon having Bauer join the team at some point during camp. The L.A. District Attorneys office ruled in February Bauer wouldn’t face criminal charges on allegations of sexual assault, MLB placed Bauer on administrative leave for a week. The league continues to investigate the incident and could consider a suspension. 

Roberts was also confident that current first baseman Max Muncy would be ready for the start of the regular season.

Roberts was also asked about sought after free agent first baseman Freddie Freeman.

I would love to see Freddie Freeman in a Dodger uniform. I think that who wouldnt? Hes a heck of a ballplayer. certainly, in the conversation for us but ultimately it is going to be his decision. 

If Freeman is indeed signed by the Dodgers, Muncy made it clear he would not have a problem moving to second base.

With the contracts and players being aligned on the field during Spring Training as they prepare for the regular season, Roberts has shown that he is an essential piece of this puzzle that has all of the potential to make it back to the World Series under his leadership. The Dodgers should have a deal for him in place sooner than later.