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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Addresses Mookie Betts’ Self Criticism

Dodgers superstar outfielder (and second baseman) Mookie Betts is off to a pretty nice start to his 2023 season. He’s started all 12 games for the Dodgers, and is slashing .279/.426/.512 with two home runs, four RBIs, 10 walks and an NL-best 11 runs scored. He’s also played stellar defense in both right field and second base, showing off his arm on a number of plays.

However, leading up to this series against the Giants, Betts was asked about his start to the season, and called it “trash” and “terrible.” His manager, Dave Roberts, said that’s just how Betts always rolls.

“It’s typical of Mookie, man,” Roberts said. “It’s like (long-time college football coach) Lou Holtz, where he was always the underdog, everyone’s better and he’s just gonna try hard. Mookie’s always trash. He knows he’s the best player on the field every day.”

Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register

As for his start to the season, Roberts has been pleased with what his superstar has done on the field.

“I think he’s gotten off to a fine start,” Roberts said. “Out of the gates, you just want to kind of hold serve. If you can get out of the gates and then you can kind of find your footing. What you don’t want to do is dig yourself a big hole and chase the whole year.”

Bill Plunkett, Orange County Register

The Dodgers have had their fair share of players dig themselves in a hole, such as Chris Taylor and Max Muncy. But Betts has been very solid at the top of the order, and will only get better once he gets on a hot streak. So if Mookie wants to be hard on himself, then so be it, but I think all Dodger fans can agree he’s been far from the problem to open this 2023 campaign. If he has another gear in him, though, I don’t think anyone would be mad to see it.

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Noah Camras

Noah is an Editor for Dodgers Nation. He graduated from USC in 2022 with a B.A. in Journalism and minor in Sports Media Studies. He's been a Dodger fan his whole life, and his all-time favorite Dodgers are Matt Kemp and Russell Martin.

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