The Dodgers came into San Francisco and swept the rival Giants in convincing fashion. over the weekend, LA outscored SF 19 to 9 with dominant pitching and timely hitting. Perhaps the most surprising part of the 3 game sweep is that the Dodgers did it without Mookie Betts in the lineup in two of the three games.
The first game was a planned day off with the team winding down playing 10 games in 10 days. However, off day number two was a shock to everyone. About 30 minutes before the matinee game at Oracle Park, Betts was a late scratch. The Dodgers called it “left shoulder soreness.”
“He took swings this morning and tried to loosen up, get ready for the game and it just flared up,” Manager Dave Roberts said. “It didn’t feel good, kind of hurt. And so for me, I just felt that with the off day coming it just made sense to pivot, get DJ [Peters] in there for the defense and get Mookie an extra day to hopefully be back in there on Tuesday.”
Something like that usually doesn’t pop up overnight, and sure enough, the team has known about Mookie’s aching shoulder. Moreover, Roberts revealed that the outfield has been getting treatment for the issue.
One look at Mookie’s numbers will tell you that something hasn’t quite been right for most of the season. Betts has dealt with a myriad of nagging injuries since the first series of the year in Colorado. His back was — and has been — the most notable of which.
With Monday’s off day, the opportunity to get a key contributor three days off seemingly made sense for Doc and the Dodgers. A huge bragging rights series kicks off in Houston on Tuesday with LA playing the hated Astros for two games. Mookie is expected to be in the lineup for those games.