No Dodgers fans, you did not read that headline incorrectly. Mookie Betts will be starting at second base for the first time with Los Angeles. It will be his first start there since 2014 with the Boston Red Sox.
When the lineup was released prior to Thursday’s game, Dodgers fans thought there had ben a mistake. The lineup showed Mookie playing at 2B and Hernandez out in Right Field. Fans were convinced that was an error until Dave Roberts confirmed it. Apparently, Mookie has been asking to play there for a while.
"With Mookie, it's something that he brought to us and it just makes sense." Roberts on the Betts @ 2B start today.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 10, 2020
Betts had also mentioned to Roberts that the Dodgers might need that flexibility come playoff time. In case you were wondering, yes, Mookie has played a lot of second base throughout his career. It just so happens that he hasn’t done in regularly since his minor league days.
Whatever the case, having Mookie Betts on the field in any position is going to make your team better. The Dodgers will now have even more flexibility to move people around and give them more at-bats with this sort of option in their back pocket.
Betts has started 39 games for the Dodgers in 2020, with 37 of those starts coming in right field. His only other starts came as the designated hitter. Los Angeles now has at least four guys on their roster than can rotate between infield and outfield at any given time. Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez are the obvious two, with Cody Bellinger being the third. Matt Beaty can sort of do both but the jury is still out on that.