This past weekend, the Dodgers fans received one of their least favorite push alerts: Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts is headed to the IL. Losing a superstar like Betts is challenge for any team, even a talented team like the Dodgers. Luckily for LA, Freddie Freeman, another former league MVP, is more than familiar with losing an all-world outfielder.
After the Dodgers 8-4 win on Tuesday, first baseman Freddie Freeman compared losing Mookie Betts to his Braves team last year losing Ronald Acuña Jr.
“This is my second year in a row where we’ve lost one of the best players in all of baseball so this isn’t anything new that I’ve seen. Losing Mookie is obviously a huge blow and that just means that a lot of guys have to step up. Nobody is going to replace what Mookie has done this whole season so we just got to step up and carry it.”
Betts had cooled off a bit in the month of June after a scorching May, but he was still arguably the Dodgers best hitter prior to landing on the IL. He led the team in wRC+ (148) and OPS (.884). He was also the tip of the spear as the Dodgers everyday leadoff man.
Freeman’s Braves lost Acuña for the rest of the season in the middle of July, but Freddie was quick to remind reporters that Atlanta went on to win the 2021 World Series without their All-Star outfielder.
“Turned out alright. A lot of guys got hot and we made some really good trades.”
Unlike Acuña missing the rest of the season with his ACL tear, Betts should be back this season. But Freeman, Betts, and the Dodgers probably wouldn’t mind winning the World Series despite dealing with an injury to a marquee name.
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