Dodgers fans thought they were getting bamboozled last week when they saw their MVP hopeful Mookie Betts penciled in as the starting second baseman. Perhaps a typo could have been to blame, but no it was Betts and Dave Roberts thinking outside the box.
Maybe a little too outside.
Mookie at 2B?? Me thinks they did a mess up.
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) September 10, 2020
The Dodgers lost that game 5-2 and hearts stopped as Mookie tumbled to the seat of his pants on his first groundball attempt at the keystone that night. Roberts explained that matchups and phantom scenarios could make his leadoff hitter more valuable to a team seeking added “optionality” for October.
However, on Monday, Mookie seemingly put a quick end to that experiment. Catching up with Dodger Talk host Dave Vassegh, Betts explained.
I’m assuming right field’s where I’m going to stay. We’ll see kind of what plays out throughout the season. I don’t know, lineup changes and those kind of things, or pinch hits and those type of things, you never know what’s going to happen. But right now, I’m just running out to right field and batting leadoff.
With Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor, the Dodgers already have two players that can play exceptional defense up the middle. Moreover, Gavin Lux, Max Muncy, and even catcher Austin Barnes give the club five options at the position on the active roster alone.
Easier said it’s a stretch to see a need for Mookie at 2B in any situation, let alone the postseason. Notably, Mookie Betts leads baseball in defensive runs saved in right field with 8 (t-1 with TEX Joey Gallo). Sometimes it’s better to work smarter, not harder.