December 2, 2022
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Dodgers’ Mookie Betts is back in MVP form

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The last time we saw Mookie Betts during the 2021 season, he was striking out on three fastballs hurled right down Broadway by Braves reliever Tyler Matzek in the clinching game of the National League Championship Series. With the Dodgers trailing 4–2 in the seventh inning and runners on second and third, the former MVP who’d tortured the Braves in the 2020 NLCS was an ideal candidate to come through with a game-tying hit. Instead, he seemed utterly perplexed by three nearly identical offerings, and Los Angeles never got another man on base in the season-ending loss.





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