Dodgers: Dave Roberts Reacts to Mookie’s Season HR Record
Dodgers All-Star Mookie Betts set a new personal record last night as he hit his 33rd HR of the year surpassing his previous career high of 32. Betts accomplished this while hitting a three run shot in the fourth inning in route to a 12-1 last night against the San Diego Padres.
Watch the home run here:
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Overall, it was a great win last night that was highlighted by Mookie’s single season record and Roberts says Mookie leading the team in HR’s is quite a surprise this season (quote from OC Registers Bill Plunkett).
“I think if you’d ask who was going to lead our team in homers this year I don’t think Mookie would have been many people’s first choice,” Roberts said. “But he’s having a tremendous MVP-type season. He can still get a hit, take a walk, control the strike zone. Those are all the ingredients you want from an elite player.”
Roberts is right. Mookie is the best player on the team, but to have him lead the team in homers would not be something I would have bet on at the beginning of the season. Standing at 5-9, 180 pounds, Betts is certainly not the biggest guy, but he has the power of one.
Mookie, by far, is having his best season as a member of the Dodgers and one of his best in the pros. He’s currently slashing .281/.351/.567 with an OPS of .918. He made his second all-star with LA and is having an MVP-type season leading his squad to the best record in baseball.
Betts is ahead of Will Smith who is second in HR’s on the team with 20. The 6-time All-Star’s spree of home-runs came at a huge surprise especially the way he started the 2022 season. Betts didn’t hit his first HR until the 13th game of the season which came on April 22 against oddly enough the Padres in Petco Park.
The Dodgers trading for Mookie Betts could go down as the greatest trade in Dodgers franchise history. With a World Series under his belt, you could only assume there are more titles to come in LA.
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