In case you needed a reminder why Mookie Betts is considered one of the best all-around players in Major League Baseball, the outfielder offered a fairly powerful reminder Friday night.
With his team facing elimination and finding itself in an early two-run deficit, the Dodgers' star executed what his manager Dave Roberts would later call "the play of the year."
Betts raced in on Dansby Swanson's sinking third inning line-drive, covering 64 feet in six second, and managed to reel in the baseball without needing to dive. The ability to stay upright proved important, with Betts quickly whipping in a throw second-baseman-style to home, nailing Marcell Ozuna for the inning-ending double play.
“That was my whole plan,” Betts said. “Just to do whatever I could to stay on my feet.”
“I just thought that there was no way he was going to make that play,” Roberts said.
The play swung the momentum back toward the Dodgers, who proceeded to cut the Braves' lead to one the next half inning on the first of Corey Seager's two homers. A few frames later Los Angeles notched back-to-back three-run innings on the way to its 7-3 win and an opportunity to play another day.