The Dodgers really need Mookie Betts to be Mookie Betts this season. For the most part, 2021 was marked by injuries and underperformance. Betts ended up playing just 122 games and posted one of the worst OPS of his entire career. It was FAR below the .927 number that he put up in his first season with Los Angeles.
But this year has already been a different story for Mookie. Through his first 70 games, the Dodgers outfielder has been incredibly productive and the power numbers are through the roof. Betts hit 23 homeruns all of last year and has already hit 20 before the All-Star break in 2022.
But the most important part about Mookie for the Dodgers has been the number of runs he has scored. Betts is tied with Paul Goldschmidt for the NL lead with 62 runs scored so far. Getting him at the top of the lineup ahead of Trea Turner and Freddie Freeman has been an immediate recipe for success for Dave Roberts.
That’s part of the reason that Mookie is in the NL MVP conversation. In the latest release from MLB, Betts is currently 4th in the hunt for that award. Although allowed down by a cracked rib in June, Betts also put up one of the greatest hitting months Dodgers fans have ever seen in May.
He posted a 1.157 OPS for the month and cranked 12 hoemruns in the process. Not bad for the small leadoff guy that’s supposed to be the sparkplug for this offense. If he were able to pull it off and win this year, he would become just the second player ever to win one in both leagues.
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