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MLB - US Sports: Betts starts to hit top gear

The Los Angeles Dodgers are starting to get the best out of outfielder Mookie Betts.

The former Boston Red Sox player was good, but now he's starting to get even better. In 2020-21 he had a .273 batting average and won the World Series with the Dodgers in 2020.

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Betts is 13/2 to win the National League Most Valuable Player award and recently had a streak with a run scored in 12 straight games, tied with Rafael Furcal for the longest streak since the club moved to Los Angeles in 1958.

Betts won the MVP in the American League with the Boston Red Sox in 2018. Only one player, Frank Robinson, has won an MVP award in both the American and National Leagues.

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In Betts' last 28 games, he's hitting .345 with a 1.126 OPS with 11 home runs. Betts has a 2.4 WAR (wins above replacement) per FanGraphs since 26th April, that's the most in the Majors in that span, ahead of Aaron Judge, Manny Machado and Rafael Devers with 2.2 each. Betts is a genuine MVP contender.

Betts form not lost on Roberts

Los Angeles Dodgers team manager Dave Roberts recently told MLB.com: "He (Betts) is playing MVP-type baseball. He really is.

"That's where it's starting, and after that, guys are just following. It's all about Mookie right now. He's just carrying us right now and playing excellent baseball. Over the last 30 days, it's as good as anybody on the planet.

"Yeah, it's as good as I've seen him. He's scoring runs at a crazy clip. He's on base, and he's playing gold glove defence too, he's making the game look a lot easier than it is."

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