Any early season doubt about Mookie Betts was immediately washed away by the month of May. Dodgers fans who were concerned that there were lingering health issues have instead been treated to an offensive explosion from Betts, and he went off over the last 30 days.
Betts slashed .342/.411/.746 with a 1.156 OPS in the month of May. He tallied 22 extra-base hits and drove in a ridiculous 27 runs despite hitting in the leadoff spot. He was a big reason that the Dodgers had such a huge month in the win column.
That apparently led to him being the most valuable hitter in all of baseball this month. Betts posted a 2.6 fWAR for the month, just above St Louis’ Paul Goldschmidt. His 31 runs scored and 12 homeruns were certainly a big part of that.
Who was No. 1 in May? As June begins, here are last month's most valuable hitters by WAR:
1. Mookie Betts – 2.6
2. Paul Goldschmidt – 2.4
3. Rafael Devers – 2.4
4. Aaron Judge – 1.8
5. Jose Altuve – 1.6https://t.co/IkXjTAGunA
— FanGraphs Baseball (@fangraphs) June 1, 2022
That’s a crazy big jump from the month before when Betts hit .230 and struck out a bunch of times. He looked to be behind on fastballs and wasn’t barreling things up. That led to Dodgers fans wondering if there was something going on with his health.
But any questions about that have certainly faded by now. What a month from Mookie, and the Dodgers can only hope for more of that moving forward.
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