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Mookie Betts Ranks Current Dodgers Team Behind Only His 2018 Red Sox

As a two-time World Series champion, Mookie Betts has been the head of some great teams in career. He knows what it takes to be the last team standing and he thinks this year’s Dodgers have the chance to win a World Series.

In a conversation with AM 570 LA Sports, Betts said that this year’s Dodgers give off the same feeling as his 2018 Red Sox that won the championship.

“Since I’ve been a Dodger, we’ve had some very, very talented teams. This is not the most talented team that I’ve been on as a Dodger for sure. But, as far as team and playing for each other, I would say this is probably one of the better teams for me ever. Outside of my 2018 team with Boston, because we had that relationship as brothers, this team is awesome and it’s it makes it different when you enjoy coming to work.

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Betts’ relationship with his team as brothers continues to this day. Him and J.D. Martinez, who are both with the Dodgers now, are best friends. Betts was a big reason why Martinez signed a one-year deal to come to LA.

The Red Sox in 2018 steamrolled their way through the MLB playoffs. Led by Betts, Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers, Boston only lost three games during the playoffs.

After a 108-54 regular season, the Red Sox finished their season at Dodger Stadium after knocking off the Dodgers in 5 games to win the World Series.

Betts took what he learned from his 2018 team and is using it to help this year’s Dodger team. He wants baseball to be fun and is passing around that message to his teammates.

“I think baseball’s hard and we all understand that, right? But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy being around each other, even if we lose, right, we still enjoy, you know, we go back to the room, we’re still laughing and joking, it’s not that we don’t take the game seriously, it’s just that you’re playing with your brothers here — enjoying being around each other no matter win, loss or draw, you want the best for each other. I really think that’s what’s carried us this far.”

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Betts is having a similar season as he did in 2018. With the Red Sox, the right fielder won his first career MVP in 2018 after hitting .346/.438/.640 with an OPS of 1.078. He also won a Silver Slugger and Gold Dlove that season.

This year, Betts is keeping up with his former MVP self. He is hitting .283/.384/.576 and has already hit 31 home runs, well on his way to passing his career-high of 35 he set last year.

As the playoffs are coming up, only time will tell if Betts’ formula for fun will also work for the 2023 Dodgers.

Photo Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

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