The 2023 Los Angeles Dodgers have had an interesting journey so far this season, marked by a blend of camaraderie and talent that has propelled them to the top of the National League West standings.
While their record might suggest a lackluster performance compared to previous seasons, star player Mookie Betts believes that the team’s chemistry is unparalleled, making it one of the best teams he has been a part of.
Betts, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers, expressed his thoughts on the team’s dynamics during an interview with AM 570 LA Sports.
He acknowledged that in terms of sheer talent, this might not be the most impressive squad he’s played with. However, he emphasized that the sense of unity and camaraderie among the players makes this team exceptional.
“We’ve had some very, very talented teams,” Betts stated. “This is not the most talented team that I’ve been on as a Dodger, for sure. But, as far as team and playing for each other, I would say this is probably one of the better teams, for me, ever.”
“Outside of my 2018 team with Boston, because we had that relationship as brothers, this team is awesome, man. It makes it different when you enjoy coming to work.”
The Dodgers faced a sluggish start to the season but managed to turn things around, seizing control of the NL West with their remarkable teamwork.
Betts attributed their success to the strong bonds between teammates: “I really think that’s what’s carried us so far,” he added.
Despite not boasting the highest batting average or OPS on the team, Betts has undoubtedly been a driving force behind the Dodgers resurgence.
He has been a versatile player, contributing both in the outfield and the infield, and boasts impressive stats with a .283 batting average, .383 on-base percentage, and a slugging percentage of .578.
His 31 home runs have been instrumental in keeping the team’s momentum alive.
Betts’ outstanding performance aside, the Dodgers have showcased their collective strength. Los Angeles, as has been the case for several years now, is looked upon as a true World Series threat.
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