Not The Best Week for Mookie Betts
Another week, another one that’s not the best for Mookie. However, I do think he was swinging the bat better. Obviously, the results weren’t there, but there were good enough signs that he’s close to getting pretty hot. Even during this stretch where he hasn’t hit, the one thing he’s consistently done is get on base. He has continued to take his walks. It seems like he’s seeing the ball and tracking it just fine; it’s now just cleaning up some mechanical issues with his swing.
April 26 – Lead Off Double But Not Much Else
He started the week off by going 1-for-5. Led off the bottom of the first with a double. He didn’t reach base the rest of the game, but he did have a hard-hit lineout, which could be a good sign of a better swing path.
April 27 – …ouch.
Betts did go 0-for-4 in this game; he reached base again by walk but struck out, which was his second in the two games.
April 28 – A Little Bit Better
Betts finished this game going two for five. He doubled in his first at-bat, then struck out two ABs in a row. In the bottom of the 8th, when the Dodgers offense finally exploded for multiple runs, Betts had himself a two-run single.
April 29 – Little Bit Less Better
Betts went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. Both strikeout pitches were over the plate, and he just looked at them. He got a third pitch over the plate in the third at-bat and, this time, singled up the middle. Then he walked in the next plate appearance. He came up representing the go-ahead run in the ninth against Hader and flew out to right.
April 30 – Push the Reset Button?
Mookie got the day off.
May 1 – Gettin’ Hotter
Mookie took the first pitch he saw from Brandon Woodruff and smoked a home run off the scoreboard in center field. He reached the next appearance again by getting hit by a pitch and scored on a triple by Corey Seager. Mookie singled to left field, then flew out the next two at-bats before getting intentionally walked in extras. He was thrown out trying to steal second base.
May 2 – Hard Contact
Mookie went 0-for -4 in Sunday Morning’s contest, but there was good news. Mookie hit the ball hard in three of the four at-bats and was robbed of two hits. He didn’t get in on the hitting action, but at least there was hard contact being made. It seems like Mookie made good contact all series long.
So, while Mookie didn’t have the best of weeks, the good contact through the weekend series with the Brewers, a good pitching team, could be the catalyst to Mookie getting hot.
Runs: 2 (16)
Hits: 6 (23)
RBI: 3 (6)
AB: 26 (92)
BB: 3 (13)
SO: 6 (17)
2B: 2 (7)
3B: 0 (0)
HR: 1 (3)
SB: 0 (3)
For last week’s recap, click here.
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