Mookie Betts’ Hot Streak Continues: Dodgers Prepare for Boston Red Sox Series

Mookie Betts' impressive batting streak and upcoming Boston Red Sox series

In his last 11 games, Mookie Betts has consistently delivered hits, propelling his batting average from .279 to .308 as of now. A standout moment was on August 23, when Betts achieved a remarkable 5-for-5 performance with 2 RBIs against the Cleveland Guardians. And now, the Los Angeles Dodgers are set to face Betts’ former team, the Boston Red Sox, in a three-game series beginning Friday.

Betts, who played a pivotal role in leading the Red Sox to a 2018 World Series victory against none other than the Dodgers, maintains that he won’t buckle under added pressure when stepping up to bat at Fenway Park. Interestingly, Betts has surged ahead of his teammate Freddie Freeman, positioning himself as the second-favorite contender for the National League MVP award, trailing only Ronald Acuna Jr. from the Atlanta Braves.

The month of August has been ablaze with Betts’ exceptional performance, igniting the Dodgers’ success. Their dominance is evident in their August record, having lost just three out of 22 games played. This triumphant run places the Dodgers confidently at the top of the NL West division, securing a substantial 12-game lead over the Diamondbacks and Giants.

“Nah. They’ve seen enough. These couple games won’t mean anything,” Betts said. “But I want to continue to play well just for me, to show myself, to be consistent – like I’ve always been saying for the last three or four years. I just want to continue to do that. But if I play well, cool. If not, that’s cool too. As long as we win. That’s the No. 1 thing. But I’m definitely excited to see how this all plays out.”

(Via The Orange County Register)

With only two more home runs needed, Betts is on track to surpass his personal record for home runs in a single season, outshining his 35-home run achievement in 2022. Although Betts has previously clinched the Most Valuable Player award, his opportunity for a National League MVP title has never materialized. His outstanding 2018 season, which culminated in a World Series victory, earned him the MVP accolade in the American League. In that season, Betts showcased an impressive .346/.438/.640 slash line, alongside 32 home runs, 80 RBIs, and an outstanding 10.9 wins above replacement rating.

While Ronald Acuna Jr. stands as a formidable competitor, Betts is in the running to potentially become only the second player in history to secure the MVP award in both the American and National Leagues, a feat previously achieved by Frank Robinson.

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