The 2022 season has not started off nearly we well as Mookie Betts had hoped. The Dodgers outfielder has not hit the ball well and often looks uncomfortable in the batter’s box. He is hitting just .178 and has struck out in over 23 percent of his plate appearances.
That strikeout percentage is a HUGE jump up from his career average of 13.3 percent. But Mookie remains at the top of the Dodgers lineup, batting ahead of Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner. His .288 on-base percentage is very much making things difficult for the guys behind him.
But Dave Roberts doesn’t necessarily agree with all of the advanced stats on Mookie right now. The Dodgers manager wasn’t buying it when he was told that statcast has yet to give Betts credit for a barreled ball in 2022. He spoke about it this week, and Betts has still yet to earn a barrel. (quote via the OC Register)
“I disagree with that. Is it as much as he’s on the barrel typically? No. Not even close. But I think the zero barrels, I think that’s a little farfetched.”
It’s interesting to see a guy like Doc deny an advanced stat like that. Dodgers fans could probably tell you that they don’t think Mookie has put the barrel on a ball quite yet. But it’s also good to see him defend his guy, something Dave will always do. Still…Mookie doesn’t look right.
None of the peripheral numbers support the idea that Mookie is about to get where he needs to be. His xBA is just .197 and his expected slug is near the bottom of Major League Baseball. He’s struggling big time. But at the end of the day, he is still Mookie.
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