Mookie Betts returned to the Dodgers lineup on April 13th after missing the final game in Oakland and the three against the Nationals. He had a pretty cold week with the bat going 4-for-21, a .190 batting average. He did hit a home run and walk four times but also struck out four times.
Mookie versus the Rockies
April 13th – Betts Returns to the Lineup
Betts went 1-for-5 in his return to the Dodgers lineup. He hit a long home run on a 3-2 pitch in his second at-bat. He also struck out once in this game, chasing a pitch on the outside corner. It was nice seeing Mookie back despite the not-so-great at-bats.
April 14th – On Base to Score
Mookie led off the game with a single to left field on a fastball down the middle. He ended up scoring a run on a Justin Turner single. Mookie proceeded to walk twice, strikeout, and ground out too short in a big spot.
April 15th – Jackie Robinson Day
Mookie had most of the might off, only coming in the 9th inning to play defense. Along with several other players, Betts donated his salary for the day to the Players Alliance to benefit the 2021 Gear for Good equipment program.
Mookie versus the Padres
April 16th – Not A Great Night at Plate
Betts led the series off with a great at-bat drawing a 9-pitch walk. After this at-bat, when the struggles got really bad for Betts, he flew out a few times on pitches right down the middle; he also singled and struck out, finishing one for six.
April 17th – A Game-Saving Catch
Betts struck out in his first at-bat against Yu Darvish on a breaking ball low and outside. He fouled out to third in the second and then flew out to the right fielder with the bases loaded.
The story of the week for Betts was his inability to drive people in when he had them on. He did double in his last at-bat. The biggest moment of this game, however, was what Mookie did with his glove. Runners on 2nd and 3rd with two outs in the 9th, the Dodgers lead 2-0, Victor González was pitching to Tommy Pham. Pham hits one towards right-center that for sure looks like it’s dropping and Betts lays out makes the catch as the ball barely held on to the palm of his glove. Betts was understandably excited and fired up after that play. It saved the game and got the Dodgers a win to win the series.
April 18th – A Hard Loss
Mookie went 0-3 with a walk in this game. He got pitches down the middle and continued to make weak contact with it. He tapped out to the catcher in the first AB and followed that with a walk. Betts finished his day with a groundout to first and pop up to short on a pitch right down the middle.
Tough week for Mookie, but the Dodgers still went 5 and 1 during the week. The Dodgers will definitely take that, as will Mookie. Things can only get better for Mookie, and when they do, the Dodgers should be able to keep on rolling.
Runs: 4 (10)
Hits: 4 (12)
RBI: 1 (2)
AB: 21 (44)
BB: 4 (8)
SO: 4 (5)
2B: 1 (3)
3B: 0 (0)
HR: 1 (2)
SB: 0 (2)
For last week’s recap.
For Mookie’s stats.
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