2B,RF - LAD
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he envisions Mookie Betts playing 40 games at second base and 110 in the outfield in 2023.
With Gavin Lux's season-ending ACL injury, an opportunity opened for Betts to get some reps at second base, his natural position prior to entering the big leagues. Betts has logged 228 career innings at the keystone but 122 of those frames came in his 2014 rookie season before being moved to the outfield. Betts has two home runs in 11 at-bats this spring after slugging 35 long balls alongside 12 steals and an .873 OPS across 142 games in the 2022 campaign.
The Dodgers are discussing the option of Mookie Betts playing more 2B this season.
This is a result of Gavin Lux being ruled out for the season with a torn ACL. The Dodgers are also preparing Chris Taylor to play more middle infield along with Miguel Rojas. The added flexibility would be a nice boost to Betts' value, especially at a position as shallow as 2B.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts says he needed to get stronger and added eight or nine pounds in the offseason.
Betts made a trip to the popular baseball academy Driveline this winter and decided he needed to get stronger while he checked in a 178 pounds this spring at Dodgers camp. Betts slugged 35 homers with 12 steals and an .873 OPS in 2022, posting the third-best wRC+ mark of his career at 144. The 30-year-old is primed for another big season in 2023.
Mookie Betts went 3-for-4 Friday, singling once, doubling twice, scoring one run, and driving in one run in the Dodgers' 10-1 win over the Rockies.
Betts has gotten hits in seven of his last nine games for the Dodgers, scoring four runs and driving in four runs in that span. The 29-year-old carries an .882 OPS with 12 stolen bases, 115 runs scored, 35 home runs, and 82 runs batted in through 138 games this season.
Mookie Betts went 1-for-4 at the plate on Wednesday, hitting a solo homer, and striking out once as the Dodgers went on to lose to the Diamondbacks in a 6-1 game.
Betts hit his 35th home run of the season on Wednesday night, while in the process he raised his RBI total to 79 on the year both numbers which rank well above league average. The Dodgers' outfielder has swung the bat well to a BA of .270 that is paired with his OPS of .888. The 29-year-old should be left in lineups and is a fantasy asset that will carry managers through their fantasy playoffs.
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