If the season ended right now, Mookie Betts would end with among the worst offensive numbers of his profession. The Dodgers outfielder received off to a sluggish begin throughout his second yr in Los Angeles however is trying to flip issues round.
On Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh, Mookie did simply what supervisor Dave Roberts predicted just a few days earlier than: he went deep. It was the primary homerun for the Dodgers outfielder since mid-Might and simply his sixth of the yr.
However it all comes again to what Doc talked about after the sport. The Dodgers skipper is aware of that Betts is doing the entire proper issues and nonetheless making an affect on video games, even when his numbers don’t essentially replicate it.
I do know it’s trite nevertheless it’s an extended season and all it takes is a bit of scorching streak and all of the numbers are corrected and the place his regular line is. He goes on the market and like a whole lot of our gamers each night time he does one thing to assist us win, whether or not it’s take a stroll, rating a run, make a play defensively and help or like right now a homer. He nonetheless makes us lots higher when he’s within the lineup, makes me appear to be a very good supervisor.
Betts went 2-for-4 with a homerun and a single in Thursday’s win. He stole a base and likewise made a ridiculous throw house to nab a runner on a double play. However the largest factor was that he squared some balls up. Betts had exit velocities of 106.6 mph and 91 mph to assist propel the Dodgers to a win.
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Roberts additionally talked about well being being a think about Mookie’s season. He’s been capable of keep away from any IL stints, however he’s actually been banged up, like many Dodgers. He handled again and shoulder points, in addition to being hit exhausting on the forearm.
I see him wanting more healthy. However I believe for me extra of it’s within the batter’s field, I simply suppose he’s far more aggressive versus being passive – which, in my view, I really feel that the final month he’s been extra passive than he must be.
Mookie Betts gained’t be held down for lengthy. And as quickly because the Dodgers can get him stepping into the precise route, issues are going to be very robust on opposing pitchers. With Bellinger and McKinstry again, he can get some extra scheduled relaxation over the following few weeks.
That is likely to be the important thing to getting him wholesome and crushing the ball.
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