After Mookie Betts made spectacular play after spectacular play in the postseason — including two home run robberies and a key catch of a sinking liner in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series — it should come as no surprise that Betts is the NL Gold Glove winner for right field.
In his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Betts claimed his fifth consecutive Gold Glove Award after winning four with the Boston Red Sox.
Although postseason play doesn’t factor into the awards, Betts’ catch of Dansby Swanson’s line drive in the third inning might have saved the game — and the Dodgers’ season. The Atlanta Braves, up 3-1 in the series, led 2-0 with runners at second and third and one out when Betts made his grab, with Marcell Ozuna then ruled out for leaving third base early. The catch kept the game close, and the Dodgers rallied to win 7-3.
“Unbelievable play by an unbelievable player in a big moment,” teammate Corey Seager said after that game. “That is what you need to win baseball games this time in the year.”
Betts was tied for third among all players with 11 defensive runs saved, tied with Byron Buxton and trailing only Nolan Arenado’s 15 and Joey Gallo’s 12. Arenado won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove at third base, matching all eight seasons he has played in the majors. Gallo is known for his prodigious home runs but earned his first Gold Glove after moving to right field on a full-time basis for the first time in his career.
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