NLCS: Mookie Betts does it again, robs Freddie Freeman of Game 7 home run

Jason Owens
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Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts robs Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman of a home run during the fifth inning in Game 7 of a baseball National League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Mookie Betts' glove continues to vie for MVP honors in the NLCS. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Mookie Betts’ bat was hit or miss during the NLCS.

But his glove was the star of the show.

The four-time Gold Glove winner showed off his elite outfield skills again in Sunday’s 4-3 Game 7 win as Freddie Freeman looked to extend a 3-2 Atlanta lead in the fifth inning. The Atlanta Braves’ MVP candidate launched a Blake Treinen pitch to right field that looked destined to clear the wall.

Betts denies Freddie Freeman

But Betts had a bead on the ball and perfectly timed his leap to snag an out that would have otherwise been a solo home run.

In case there’s any doubt about the ball clearing the wall, the photo below (on the left) confirms that Betts saved a run.

This looks familiar

The photo on the right is from Game 6 when Betts robbed Marcell Ozuna of a two-run home run in a 3-1 Dodgers win. MLB put together a side-by-side comparison on Twitter.

Betts’ glove was a hero in Game 5 as well when he made a shoestring catch on a fly ball that prompted Ozuna to leave third base early without tagging.

That play resulted in a double play instead of at least one Braves run and kickstarted a rally form a 3-0 deficit to a 7-3 win that kept the series alive.

Even if his bat was lukewarm, Betts more than livied up to his massive contract extension with his glove in the NLCS as the Dodgers advanced to the World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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