Dylan Hernandez: Mookie Betts' big plays keep the Dodgers on their feet

By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Baseball

He's the kind of player stories are told about.

And years from now, when teammates and coaches share the lessons they learned by watching Mookie Betts play, they will recount the Dodgers' 7-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.

About how Betts changed the game without hitting a home run.

About how he influenced a series in which he was batting only .222.

About what made him worth $365 million was the way he cared about the less glamorous aspects of the game.

Never has Betts slumped like this in a Dodgers uniform and a never has he felt more important.


He revived a team that was on the verge of elimination. He will give this group of perennial chokers a chance to atone for its previous failures.

With his contributions to a win in Game 5, Betts reduced the Dodgers' deficit in the best-of-seven series to three games to two.

And he did it by staying on his feet.

The Dodgers were about to be eliminated. They were down by a couple of runs and the Braves were on the verge of extending their lead.


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