Dave Roberts, as might be expected, was a deep admirer of Mookie Betts from afar. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager loved the mix of speed, defense, wing strength, knowledge of the hitting area and ball stick skills. He knew Betts possessed respectable power, but did not expect him so much from a 5-foot-9, 180-pound frame. And it wasn’t until the second version of the training camp that Betts expressed disappointment about the impossibility of barrel pits and then inserted one into the left field pavilion of Dodger Stadium during a night pruning, which Roberts began to realize the Betts elite force.
“I know he hits homers,” Roberts said, “but it’s more power than I expected.”;
On Thursday night, just in his 17th start with a Dodgers uniform, Betts put himself in the company of some of the game’s most powerful hiters, scoring his sixth game in a three-homer career in a row. 11-2 of rival San. Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium. The only players with six three-homer games are Sammy Sosa and Johnny Mize. Sosa got there in his game at 2,354 in career. Mize made it to his match 1.884. Betts realized the feat in his 813.
The 27-year-old right-back finished 4-for-4 with a pitch kick, and now has seven home runs, six doubles and a slash line .319 / .380 / .694 through his first 79 tile appearances. 2020, seemingly immune to offensive wars and away from the pressure of a grand contract.
“I did a lot of work,” Betts said. “I work hard. To see some success is definitely a relief relief, but I know I have a lot more work to do. It’s a long season. Of course we want to win a world series, and so i’m just working to make it “
Betts, who signed a 12-year, $ 365 million contract just before the start of this shortened season, kicked off Thursday with a double-back home run on a first fastball, in the outer corner. by Padres phenomenon Chris Paddack in second birth. He added a solo shot in the center left to a 0-2 squad, with a high chest by Luis Perdomo in the fourth and another double homer in a 3-1 split, down-middle by Perdomo in the fifth.
Thursday marked the third time Betts has hit three home runs in the first five instances of a game, the most such occurrences in baseball history, according to research by ESPN Stats & Information.
“Obviously it’s definitely a great feeling to know you can climb up there and just hit and not worry about the rest of it,” Betts said. “These times don’t happen very often, so you just enjoy being here.”
Thursday marked the first time Betts had taken the lead in 11 days and only the second time it had started there against a right-back striker this season. Roberts was mostly placing bets in No. 2 spot in order to better trick his left-handers and potentially start a offense that was on a particular start. But Betts has always thrived on striking supremacy, the place he occupied in the Boston Red Sox’s jokes while making four All-Star teams, earning the wardrobe of the Most Valuable Player in the American League and establishing himself as the player of the highest position. well off Mike Trout.
“I’ve done it my whole life,” Betts said. “I think I’m just comfortable there.”
Betts and Roberts had a conversation about him a few days ago, and Roberts decided that Thursday’s match offered a good chance, in part because with a shot from the left Corey Seager returned to the lineup after dealing with an injury small in the back. Keeping betting in the lead for the foreseeable future is now “a very good opportunity,” Roberts said.
There is no debate with the results.
“What a special night,” Roberts said of what was ultimately a six-homer game promoted by Betts for the Dodgers, which improved to 13-7. “He just makes everyone around him better.”