Mookie Betts is Ho-hum on 2020 Season

According to Jorge Castillo, who covers the Dodgers for the LA Times, Mookie Betts described his 2020 season with the World Series champions as “serviceable.”

He then added that “It got the job done.”

What Betts referenced as a serviceable season would be a career year for most major league players. In the strike-shortened season, he appeared in 55 games during the regular season and hit .292 with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs. While his .292 / .366 / .562 slash line was a slight drop-off compared to some of his more formidable seasons with the Red Sox, he can be forgiven considering that it was his first season in the National League.

Betts looked like a player who got stronger as the season wore on — particularly in the postseason. It seemed like he was involved in every meaningful play at the World Series, whether it was on basepaths or at the plate.

If 2020 was serviceable, then he must not be including the postseason because not only did he win his second World Series, but he had his best October with a .296 / .378 / .493 slash line, including two home runs, eight RBIs, and six stolen bases. In 2018 when Betts won the AL MVP and his first World Series, his postseason slash line was .210 / .300 / .323 with one home run and four RBIs.

This Dodgers team has only gotten better with the acquisition of free-agent pitcher Trevor Bauer to an already loaded rotation that will return David Price, Clayton Kershaw, and Walker Buehler.

Even if 2021 winds up being another serviceable year for Betts, I doubt he’ll be too upset if it has the same ending as last season.