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Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Explains How Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman Feed Off Each Other

Without a doubt, Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman are the best leadoff hitting duo in Major League Baseball.

Betts, who is turning into baseball’s best leadoff hitter this season, is hitting .298/.394/.595 and has the fourth-highest number of home runs in the MLB with 34 homers this season. In his fourth season as a Dodger, Betts is a fan favorite and an integral leader in the locker room.

Freeman, who spent the first 12 years of his career as an Atlanta Brave, shocked the baseball world when he decided to head to Southern California before the 2022 offseason. The results couldn’t be better for the Dodgers.

Freeman is batting .333, the second-best average in the league. His .986 OPS is fourth-best in baseball, just behind his teammate, Betts. The 33-year-old first baseman has also hit 23 home runs this season.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who has certainly benefited from the dynamic duo of Betts and Freeman, said that the pair feed off of each other.

“They’re definitely pulling for one another, helping each other,” Roberts said. “There’s certainly a mutual love and respect. It’s very unique to have two guys playing at such a high caliber.”

(Via SportsNet LA)

While both veterans are generational talents in their own right, Roberts believes that they each benefit from the other’s performance.

“I really believe that if Freddie didn’t have Mookie, I would say that there would be less of a performance. And I just say that because Mookie just enhances Freddie’s whole joy of being a Dodger. And I certainly know that if there was no Freddie, Mookie, there would be a drop off in performance. Because Freddie pushes him. Not only Mookie, but he pushes everyone. And I think that it’s good for Mookie to have Freddie around,” Roberts said.

(Via SportsNet LA)

Betts is currently fourth in NL MVP odds while Freeman is creeping up on Ronald Acuna, the season-long heavy favorite, in second place.

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Patrick Warren

Patrick Warren is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California who works to cover the Los Angeles Dodgers with Dodgers Nation. Warren is originally from Chattanooga, TN and is currently based out of Buffalo, NY.

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