For the past five or six years, the Dodgers have put together some very good teams. All they needed was a clutch and energetic player to bring out the best in the rest of their stars. That player is Mookie Betts. One announcer on Fox called Betts a six tool player which means he has an extra gear that no other player in major league baseball has.
If you are a complete baseball player then you are a five tool player which means you hit home runs and base hits, you have speed to steal bases, you have a great arm to throw out runners and you are outstanding on defense. Tool number six for Betts is his personality.
Like all championship teams, you have stars and you have superstars. The Dodgers have plenty of star players that helped them reach the World Series. Cody Bellinger has been outstanding with his bat and his glove. He is finally having a great post season at the plate.
Don’t forget the Dodgers had the best record in baseball 43-17, during the regular season. The other players that stepped up during the regular season and the playoffs are Max Muncy, Justin Turner, Kike’ Hernandez, Chris Taylor, A.J. Pollock and Joc Pederson.
The Dodgers franchise has always had good pitching, dating back to their days in Brooklyn in the 1940’s and early 1950’s and this year is no different. Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias, Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, and other have gotten the job done.
Behind the plate, catchers Will Smith and Austin Barnes have played solid defense and have kept the pitchers happy.
The coaching staff, led by manager Dave Roberts have made all of the right moves during the regular season and the post season. A good example was during game seven of the Atlanta series. He let Urias stay in the game for last three innings of the game during a tight 4-3 win.
What a difference a year can make.