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Dodgers: The Numbers May Not Be There, But the Impact of Mookie Betts is Huge

This team needs Mookie Betts in there.



If the season ended today, Mookie Betts would finish with some of the worst offensive numbers of his career. The Dodgers outfielder got off to a slow start during his second year in Los Angeles but is looking to turn things around.  

On Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh, Mookie did just what manager Dave Roberts predicted a few days before: he went deep. It was the first homerun for the Dodgers outfielder since mid-May and just his 6th of the year. 

But it all comes back to what Doc talked about after the game. The Dodgers skipper knows that Betts is doing all of the right things and still making an impact on games, even when his numbers don’t necessarily reflect it. 

I know it’s trite but it’s a long season and all it takes is a little hot streak and all the numbers are corrected and where his normal line is. He goes out there and like a lot of our players every night he does something to help us win, whether it’s take a walk, score a run, make a play defensively and assist or like today a homer. He still makes us a lot better when he’s in the lineup, makes me look like a good manager.

Betts went 2-for-4 with a homerun and a single in Thursday’s win. He stole a base and also made a ridiculous throw home to nab a runner on a double play. But the biggest thing was that he squared some balls up. Betts had exit velocities of 106.6 mph and 91 mph to help propel the Dodgers to a win. 

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Roberts also talked about health being a factor in Mookie’s season. He’s been able to avoid any IL stints, but he’s certainly been banged up, like many Dodgers. He dealt with back and shoulder issues, as well as being hit hard on the forearm.  

I see him looking healthier. But I think for me more of it is in the batter’s box, I just think he’s way more aggressive as opposed to being passive – which, in my opinion, I feel that the last month he’s been more passive than he needs to be.

Mookie Betts won’t be held down for long. And as soon as the Dodgers can get him going in the right direction, things are going to be very tough on opposing pitchers. With Bellinger and McKinstry back, he can get some more scheduled rest over the next few weeks.

That might be the key to getting him healthy and crushing the ball. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I would like to see Hader in Dodger Blue at the trade deadline…before the Pads get him. I think a package centered around Lux could get it done. Add a few minor leaguers of our own and get a minor league contact hitter thrown in. It’s time to commit to CT3 and maybe sign long term…makes underachieving Lux a luxury piece. Get it done Friedman.

      • Compare Kenley to other relievers/closers out there. Youll find he is not only the betst but is a Sure HOF

    • As I mentioned yesterday on a need, is a high-leverage LH reliever that can get both RH and LH hitters out. RH side of bullpen is solid but lefties Price and Gonzo can only get LH hitters out….. need another strong lefty to complement the BP.

    • Good idea but probably not getting Hader, Brewers still contenders and they don’t need Lux…. they just traded for Adames @ short this year and got Wong (Gold Glover) @ 2nd. Both out performing Lux.

  2. This article was about Betts – not about any of the other Dodgers or moves the team might make. Mookie is the straw that stirs the Dodgers drink. If he comes back to his career numbers the Dodgers will repeat! Glad he’s starting to feel better. We need him to play like he’s capable of. Yesterday’s game he did just that!

    • Yea, sorry you’re right. I’m not worried about Mookie as long he’s healthy….. Mookie will always find it where his slump won’t affect him too long. I just got caught up w/ other posts on their ideas. Will concentrate on written articles only the next time.

  3. Mookie Betts never left. He is a vital part of the offensive and defense lineup. This guy only gets better every game. I have seen maybe three game were Mookie was off. I watch MLB to see the Dodgers superstars, this would include well you know who you are.

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