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Dodgers: Mookie Betts’ Game-Ending Play Had a Nearly Impossible Catch Probability

The catch that sealed the deal was even more impressive than we all thought.



There are a few plays that happen in a season that fans remember for the rest of the year. Last year for the Dodgers, Chris Taylor’s throw to nab Trent Grisham at home plate and end the game was a topic all the way into the postseason. 

This year, the catch by Mookie Betts might be the thing Dodgers fans talk about all season. With the tying runs in scoring position, Betts streaked across centerfield to make a diving play and rob Tommy Pham of extra bases. 

The catch in of itself was incredible to witness. But when you start diving into the details of Mookie‘s grab, it’s truly jaw-dropping. Per Statcast, the Dodgers outfielder had just a 10 percent chance of making that catch. He also had to cover 52 feet in a very short amount of time on a sinking liner. 

It was even enough to impress someone like Clayton Kershaw, who has made a career out of…well, being great. 

That play is really hard to make. For him to be able to do that, it’s just another reason why Mookie is the best. That was a big catch because extra innings would’ve been tough for us, so that was huge.

It’s an incredibly difficult and daring play to make. If Betts doesn’t time that up perfectly, the ball gets past him. Who knows how far Pham runs if that were to happen. But the Dodgers won, and Mookie Betts is a defensive wizard. 

Up Next for the Dodgers

The Dodgers will head up north to start a series with the Mariners tonight. Dustin May will be on the mound for Los Angeles as they look to get a new win-streak started. Justus Sheffield will go for the Mariners looking to build on a very good outing last week. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. The Dodgers have 4 games in LA against the Padres, after the current series in Seattle. It would be nice to take 3 out of 4, and keep SD in the also ran status. It may not be a rivalry, but it is competitive.

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