The Los Angeles Dodgers are once again having a strong season which appears to have them pointed towards the postseason this fall.
Leading the way for them on Sunday night was none other than Mookie Betts, who hit his 30th home run of the season as the Dodgers routed the San Diego Padres by a final score of 8-2.
It was a solo shot that came in the top of the eighth off of right-hander Pedro Avila.
All of Betts’ home runs this season have come from the leadoff spot, which puts him in historic company.
According to Sarah Langs of MLB.com, Betts has the second-most seasons in the history of baseball with 30 or more home runs out of the leadoff spot.
most seasons with 30+ HR out of leadoff spot, MLB history:
Alfonso Soriano: 4
Mookie Betts: 3
George Springer: 2
Francisco Lindor: 2 https://t.co/aGYAbDXDXi
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) August 7, 2023
This marks the third time that Betts has hit 30 home runs out of the leadoff spot in his career.
Only Alfonso Soriano had more seasons in which he homered 30 times from the top spot in the order.
Soriano accomplished the feat four times during his career.
George Springer and Francisco Lindor are tied, sitting right behind Betts on the list.
Both sluggers have accomplished the feat twice.
Betts certainly put a charge into this one, and he helped put the game out of reach at Petco Park.
The 30-year-old is a former batting champion, a seven-time All-Star, a five-time Silver Slugger, and a former MVP.
On Sunday, he showed why with his power.
Betts finds himself in some historic company with some of the best players to ever play the game.NEXT: Freddie Freeman Is Keeping Up A Must-See Pace At The Plate