Mookie Betts’ Magical May: The MLBbro Broke Dodgers Records, Re-Established His Regal Standing

Mookie Betts’ Magical May: The MLBbro Broke Dodgers Records, Re-Established His Regal Standing

LOS ANGELES – The amazing spells of Mookie magic were on full display during the month of May. Mookie Betts not only had one of the best months of any player this season, but also had one of the best months in the illustrious history of the Dodgers.

 

 

In the 28 games that Betts suited up for, he had a batting average of .342, with 12 home runs, and 27 RBI, with an on-base percentage of .411, and a slugging percentage of .741, along with reaching 85 total bases.

Betts had arguably the best all-around month any Dodger has had since legend Duke Snider in August of 1953, when he batted .347, with 15 home runs, and 41 RBI, which are both tied for highest all-time by a Dodger in a single month.

What really stands out with Betts’ outstanding month is the number of runs scored (31). That was the most runs scored by a Dodger in a month since Jim Gilliam in August of 1953 as well, when he ended up scoring 32 runs for the team.

Betts had several records during the month and was able to reach milestones that have not been reached for several years. His 85 total bases were the most by a Dodger since Adrian Beltre in 2004, when he had 87. His 12 home runs tie him with the greatest MLBbro catcher in history, Roy Campanella, for most homers in the month of May.  

His 31 runs were also the first time a Dodger scored 30 or more runs in a month since Snider in 1954, as Mookie became the eighth Dodger to reach 30 runs in a month. By scoring his 50th run on May 30th, which was only his 48th game of the season, the former NL MVP became the fastest to reach 50 runs since Lance Berkman of the Astros in 2008 (48 games). He’s also the fastest Dodger to reach 50 runs in one season since Babe Herman in 1930.

Betts Snubbed For NL Player of The Month ?

While Betts had his terrific May, he was not named the NL Player of the Month. He most likely would have had that honor if it was not for Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals and his mind blowing .404 batting average.

Looking forward, Betts making the All-Star game is essentially a lock, especially since the game will be in Los Angeles and he goes every season just about. While the season may still be young, the NL MVP race is starting to be tracked more and more, and Betts to this point has one of the best statistical résumés of the bunch. Plus, his team wins.

If he continues to pull the tricks he has up his sleeve for the next 100 games, then another MVP award is within his grasp. 

Mookie Betts’ Magical May: The MLBbro Broke Dodgers Records, Re-Established His Regal Standing

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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.

 

Scoring Machine

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.