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LOD MLB Offensive Players of the Week: NL Mookie Betts and AL Nathaniel Lowe

Los Angeles Dodgers

Mookie Betts

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When you think of hot hitters or even hot teams these days, what comes to mind is the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Well why not, as they are currently 88-38, 50 games over .500 and have a 19.5 game lead over the second place San Diego Padres, which is the biggest lead in all of the majors. Right now their offense is a hitting machine.

On the season, they have six guys with 16 or more home runs, and have just been tearing up the competition, especially so far in the month of August as they are 20-5, with just three games left to close out the month.

One of their hottest hitters, Mookie Betts, is 8 for 26 (.308) spanning the last seven days, with nine runs scored, three doubles, four home runs (over three straight games), and seven RBIs. On August 26th, he was 4 for 6, with three runs scored, a double, two home runs and four RBIs. Over the past month Betts has nine multi-hit games (Four 3-hit games, One 4-Hit game), while overall batting .333 for the month, his highest batting average since the month of May. On Sunday, Betts matched the 2016 season when he also hit 31 home runs and is one shy of his career high of 32 that he launched in 2018.

 

Texas Rangers

Nathaniel Lowe

Nathaniel Lowe

The Rangers are 58-69 and 10.5 games out of a Wild Card Spot and highly unlikely to make up the ground in the next 35 games, but even in a non-winning season, their offense has put up big numbers and Nathaniel Lowe is right at the top of the big hitters.

The 2022 season has been the best offensive output in the 27-year old’s four year career. The 2021 season was his breakout year as he launched 18 home runs and drove in 72 runners in 157 games with Texas. But this season he is on pace to surpass his power numbers of 2021. For the month of August, Lowe is on fire, batting .392 (40 for 102), while also hitting safely in 21 of 26 games he has played thus far.

He started the week on August 22, going 0 for 4, but since he has been on a tear with a five game hitting streak, and four straight multi-hit games. In that span, he is 10 for 26 (.384), six runs, a triple, four home runs, and 11 RBIs (At least one in last five games).

 

David Conde
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