Markus Lynn Betts, more popularly known as Mookie Betts, has emerged as an exceptional baseball player, firmly staking his claim for the National League MVP award. This talented athlete is currently showcasing remarkable performance on the field, raising a strong argument in favor of his MVP candidacy.
Should Betts secure this esteemed accolade by the end of the ongoing season, he would achieve a remarkable feat, becoming only the second player in major league history to clinch the MVP award in both the American League and the National League. The first player to achieve this was Frank Robinson, who achieved this milestone in 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and in 1966 with the Baltimore Orioles. Notably, Betts himself secured the American League MVP title back in 2018 while playing for the Boston Red Sox.
The ongoing season has witnessed Betts delivering his best performance since joining the Dodgers. His impressive batting average of .312 ranks him fifth-highest in the National League, highlighting his consistency and impact at the plate. Moreover, Betts’ outstanding 35 home runs have earned him a tie for the fourth spot in the league, showcasing his power-hitting prowess. His remarkable .406 on-base percentage further solidifies his contribution to the team, placing him third in the league.
When it comes to slugging, Betts’ .606 slugging percentage and 1.012 OPS (On-Base Plus Slugging) are not only impressive but also lead the entire National League. His exceptional performance isn’t limited to offense alone; Betts has also excelled in scoring runs, tallying an impressive 110 runs throughout the season. This accomplishment ranks him second-highest in the National League in this category. Additionally, his 93 RBIs (Runs Batted In) demonstrate his significant contribution to his team’s success, securing him the third spot in this aspect.
Betts’ impact extends beyond the field, as he holds the distinction of leading the National League in both fWAR (Wins Above Replacement, calculated by FanGraphs) and bWAR (Wins Above Replacement, calculated by Baseball Reference). While he trails Shohei Ohtani in these categories, Betts’ contribution remains undeniable. His versatility has been crucial for the Dodgers, as he has exhibited his exceptional skills not only in the outfield but also at second base and shortstop.
A Platinum Glove is well-deserved for Betts, considering his outstanding performance across various positions this season. His presence at the top of the Dodgers’ lineup has been a driving force behind the team’s success. With Betts’ invaluable contributions, the Dodgers are on the verge of securing their impressive 10th National League West division title in just 11 seasons. As the season progresses, Betts’ chances of clinching the National League MVP title are looking stronger than ever before, positioning him as a front-runner for this prestigious award.