One common thing among the players around Mookie Betts is that every single one of them talks about how good of a teammate he is. Dodgers players have beamed about Betts since he first arrived, and that hasn’t changed at all in Summer Camp.
During the intrasquad on Sunday, Mookie Betts stopped Ross Stripling on the way to the dugout after an inning. Mookie appeared to point out something with Ross’ glove, though Dodgers analysts could only guess. Luckily, we went straight to the source to find out. Ross told us that Betts was helping him identify some issues with tipping pitches.
[Mookie] said he could see my pinky flare on my changeup from second base. Like, he could see into my glove as he took his lead. So either stop flaring my pinky on the change or flare it on the other pitches too to throw off guys on second base.
All that we can really take from that is that Mookie Betts is already making a huge impact on his Dodgers teammates. To go up to a guy that has been with the big league club since 2016 really shows the maturity of Mookie Betts.
Found out more about this sequence between Ross Stripling & Mookie Betts. Ross said Mookie "could see his pinky flare on his changeup from 2B. Like he could see into my glove as he took his lead."
Great to see Mookie taking these meaningless games seriously for his teammates. pic.twitter.com/kZGmiCZYLG
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) July 14, 2020
The fact that they take these meaningless games so seriously also shows just how competitive this Dodgers team is going to be all year long. Los Angeles kicks off their 60-game season next Thursday at home against the Giants. Stripling is not expected to pitch in that series, though he will likely be taking the ball against the Astros in Houston.
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