Can Mookie Betts (31), the main hitter of the Los Angeles Dodgers, produce more than 30 homers this year as well? MLB.com predicted 31.
On the 5th (Korean time), MLB.com predicted the players who would hit the most home runs in the 30 major league teams.
New York Yankees big shot Aaron Judge is predicted to become the American League home run king for the second consecutive year with 44 home runs, while New York Mets big shot Pete Alonso and Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Schwaber are predicted to hit 39 each in the National League.
In the National League West Division ‘Champion’ Dodgers, Betts was expected to hit the most. MLB.com said, “Betts will be the only Dodgers man to hit 30 home runs in two consecutive years.” 스포츠토토
Betts, who debuted in the big leagues wearing a Boston Red Sox uniform in 2014, became a Dodgers man after the 2019 season. The Dodgers acquired Betts in a trade in February 2020.
At the time, it was a cautious trade because Betts would qualify as a free agent after the end of the 2020 season, but the Dodgers invested in Betts to win.
That year, the Dodgers won the World Series by defeating the Tampa Bay Rays. Betts contributed to the championship with a batting average of 2.69, 2 homers, 3 RBIs, 2 walks and 4 steals on the second World Series stage since 2018, when he was in Boston.
The Dodgers’ acquisition of Betts was a success. The Dodgers signed a 12-year contract with Betts. A total of 350 million dollars (approximately 437.8 billion won) was poured into it.
Betts has consistently shown his worth. In his first season after transferring to the Dodgers, he hit 16 homers in 55 games despite a shortened season in the aftermath of the Corona 19 pandemic. He hit 23 home runs in 2021 and 35 last season.
Betts, who won the American League All-Star 4 times, the Gold Glove 4 times, the Silver Slugger 3 times, and the American League MVP (2018) once while in Boston. With the Dodgers, he won the National League Gold Glove twice, Silver Slugger, and All-Star.
Betts is one of the best outfielders in major leagues. He’s doing his share with no major ups and downs. Since 2015, Betts has hit double-digit homers for eight straight years. Attention is focusing on whether he can hit 30 or more home runs for the second consecutive year this year.