After an incredible 3 home run performance on Thursday night, we’re seeing the full Mookie Betts experience as advertised. After starting the season — and his Dodgers career — with 3 hits in his first 20 at-bats, fans were a little uneasy. Especially after the MVP outfielder and LA agreed to a 12-year contract extension.
Man, does that feel like a long time ago.
Since that point, the leader of the Death Row lineup is batting .385 with 6 doubles and a team-leading 7 home runs in 15 games. Importantly for stressed Dodger fans, most of his damage has come from the leadoff spot in the lineup… a spot manager Dave Roberts has felt reluctant to let Mookie stay. However, after his big Thursday night, Dave seemed ready to keep his star at the top of the order.
I think it’s a very good possibility. Getting Corey Seager back helps things. And just kind of looking at things and seeing I want to construct the lineup, there’s a very good possibility of that.
On the season, Betts has started 6 games in the leadoff spot and has thrived at a .440 clip. In 11 starts in the two-hole, he’s posted a .255 average.