Dodgers World Series: Mookie Betts is Stealing Bases at a Historic Rate
Mookie Betts is going to do something amazing every time he steps onto a baseball field. At this point, Dodgers fans have come to expect that he’s going to blow up the ESPN highlight reels every single night.
On Friday night, Mookie was back to making history again in Game 3 of the World Series. His 2 stolen bases tied him with Davey Lopes as the only two players in franchise history to swipe 2 or more bases in multiple playoff games. Betts just got done stealing 2 bases in Game 1 on Tuesday night.
Mookie Betts and Davey Lopes are the only Dodgers to record 2+ stolen bases in multiple playoff games. Both have come in the World Series for Betts.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) October 24, 2020
Those 2 stolen bases also gave Betts 4 total for the World Series. That means he is just 3 bags behind Lou Brock for the most stolen bases in a single World Series. Brock stole 7 bases in the 1967 World Series and then again in 1968. The Dodgers outfielder is still 5 stolen bases shy of Kenny Lofton’s 1995 postseason record.
Regardless of records, Betts brings something to the Dodgers that they haven’t had in a very long time: a spark. He continues to get on base and to move into scoring position whenever he gets the chance, and he’s been a huge part of the team’s success to this point.
If the Dodgers are going to win the World Series and end the 32-year drought in Los Angeles, Mookie Betts is going to be one of the reasons why. Betts enters Game 4 going 4-for-12(.333) in the World Series with 4 stolen bases.
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