Dodgers star Mookie Betts starts on second for the first time since 2014
See if anything comes out of the Dodgers roster on Thursday against the Diamondbacks:
Indeed, you’ll notice Mookie Betts – perhaps the best defensive corner fielder in the game today – starts for the Dodgers juggernaut at second base.
As David Vassegh notes, manager Dave Roberts is stepping into the playoffs:
And, as Roberts points out, that was Betts’ idea:
Right now, the Betts Dodgers have the best record in baseball at 32-12, so it’s more than safe to assume they’ll be part of the expanded 16-team playoff field.
As for Betts, despite winning four straight gold gloves in right field, he was drafted by the Red Sox as a shortstop from Overton High School in Nashville. He also played short and second early in his professional career, and in his rookie season in 2014, Betts made 14 second-base starts for Boston.
The idea of giving Betts the occasional second-hand time has come up in his final seasons with the Red Sox, and now the Dodgers are getting it done. There’s no doubt that the athleticism, baseball intelligence, and Betts’ previous experience in this role will serve him well, and his elite hitting and basic running will of course play anywhere.
The Dodgers are heading for their eighth straight title in the NL West, but they are under a lot of pressure to break through and win the World Series for the first time since 1988. So this ride, as stated, is in the service of everyone’s search. the possible benefits. in October. It’s also worth noting that the Dodgers this season have struggled to get good production from the position, as Enrique Hernandez, Gavin Lux, Chris Taylor and Max Muncy have combined to hit just .209 / .290 /. 354 while playing second base in 2020.