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Dodgers’ Mookie Betts Wins Major Award Following Dominant Start to Season

With the first month of the season in the rearview for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Mookie Betts is off to a historic start that earned his Major League Baseball honors for the first month.

The National League Player of the Month entered Friday’s game leading all of baseball in hits, runs, and walks. Among players with at least 100 plate appearances across March and April, he led in batting average (.368), on-base percentage (.477), OPS (1.101), and OPS+ (214). He also collected 10 doubles, two triples, and six home runs. And he had ten more walks (26) than he had strikeouts (16).

Betts had 11 multi-hit games In March/April including a five-hit game and two four-hit performances. On April 2, he hit his 1,500th career hit, a home run against the Giants.

Betts continues to rewrite history for the Dodgers becoming the first shortstop in the franchise to be named the NL Player of the Month. He also became the sixth Dodger to reach base at least 70 times in a month. His 72 times on base is the most since Jim Gilliam reached 74 times in June 1959, according to Stathead.

Surprisingly, this is only the third monthly award he has won in his career. He won it with the Dodgers in August 2023 and with the Boston Red Sox in July 2016.

In his first season at shortstop, Betts has five defensive runs saved.

Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Hui-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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