The Dodgers got off to a good start against the Giants this season on Tuesday night. With Carlos Rodon on the mound for San Francisco, Los Angeles managed to get across a pair of runs early. That set things up for a win after the bullpen managed to back up Julio Urias’ scoreless outing.
But one defensive play from Mookie Betts in the first inning really set the tone. Mauricio Dubon hit a screaming liner into right-center that the Dodgers outfielder ran down with a runner on first. With an expected batting average of .530 and registering at 102.3 mph off of the bat, that ball looked destined to find a gap and score a run.
But Mookie ran it down with a little jump at the end of his route to secure the out for the Dodgers. After the game, he talked with am570’s Dave Vassegh about the catch and some plans that he has for the 2022 season. Even if the bat isn’t there yet, he wants that Gold Glove award again.
“I told Clayton [Kershaw] this year, I didn’t win a Gold Glove last year, so I told him this year that I’m aiming for it, to win him a Gold Glove.”
Mookie won 5 consecutive Gold Glove awards from 2016 through 2020. But he did not win it last year, falling to Adam Duvall. Betts was listed as a runner-up for the award. The Dodgers also did not have one winner for that award last season.
So while the bat might not be there yet for Mookie, you can be sure that his glovework will. He has one defensive run saved out in right so far this year, but he has been incredible out there in the past. Especially before he came over to the Dodgers.
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