Fresh off of a Game 1 win over the Padres, Mookie Betts got a chance to talk with Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz in a postgame interview. During that conversation, the two ex-big leaguers couldn’t help but bring up the Red Sox to Mookie. The Dodgers obviously landed him in a trade from Boston this past February.
When asked about how this Dodgers team stacks up against Red Sox teams that he’s been on, Mookie didn’t hold back. While he wanted to praise the Boston teams that he was able to be a part of, Mookie couldn’t even compare them to this 2020 Dodgers squad.
To me, it just seems like this Dodgers team throughout the organization there’s a lot more talent. Obviously, we had a very talented group, many groups with the Sox. But it seems like throughout the organization we’re just constantly bringing up guys throwing 100. Keibert Ruiz comes in throughout the season and has a couple of knocks and I can’t even think of all of the guys that come up and contribute. But it’s just like a never-ending cycle of guys that come up that are big-league ready.
That’s really saying something when you look back at the Red Sox teams that Mookie has been a part of. His 2018 Boston team 1on 108 games en route to dominating the Dodgers in the World Series. The teams he played on in 2016 and 2017 weren’t too bad either.
But the depth that the Dodgers offer from top to bottom in their organization has been the real difference-maker for Mookie in his time with the team. The fact that they can lean on rookies in big moments really is impressive. There’s a good reason why Los Angeles has one of the best farm systems and baseball operations departments in all of baseball.
The Dodgers and Padres will go back at it tonight in Arlington for Game 2 of the NLDS. Clayton Kershaw gets the ball for Los Angeles and will be going up against Zach Davies for the Padres.