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Player of the Series: Justin Turner - True Blue LA
It’s the third time he gets this TBLA honor
It’s always tough to award a Player of the Series award when the Dodgers lose a series — which isn’t often.
One player who found a way to get a hit in more than half of his at-bats was Justin Turner. JT went 7-for-12 with two walks this weekend. He came in to score in each one of the three games as well.
Turner earned one RBI in the series when he hit a solo home run on Friday night.
If you missed the news, each time Turner gets a hit in the month of August, REX is donating money to the Justin Turner foundation. In this 3-game series alone, he raised $1,600.
Cody Bellinger gets an honorable mention for his two home runs this series. His home run on Sunday accounted for all the runs scored that day on the Dodgers side. Plus, he keeps reclaiming the MLB home run lead.
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7 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers star Cody Bellinger's batting average dip explained - Los Angeles Times
Cody Bellinger stood on first base at Petco Park after working a walk last week when San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer asked him a question.
“Were you auto-taking the entire at-bat?” Hosmer wondered.
Bellinger wasn’t trying to walk. It just looked that way. The Dodgers slugger appeared relaxed, even bored, in the batter’s box while he took four balls. But he was ready to pounce on a mistake. Hosmer’s question was a compliment and a positive sign for the Dodgers’ slugger. Calm is when Bellinger is at his most dangerous. That was how he shredded pitching for the season’s first few months as he built his case as a frontrunner for National League MVP and found himself in a back-and-forth home run race with some of the sport’s superstars.
“Keeping it simple,” Bellinger said. “I would say that’s pretty important for me. Just trying to keep it simple and not trying to do too much.”
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8 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 21 review: Home run records & milestones, but breaking even - True Blue LA
he Dodgers put on a power display last week that included a few major league records, but somehow managed just a .500 record on the road against the Marlins and Braves.
It’s hard to muster much excitement over home run records when long balls these days are more prevalent than hard candy at your grandmother’s house. But even in a juiced-ball environment the Dodgers have managed to stand out, easily pacing the National League in home runs this season.
The Dodgers set major league records last week for most consecutive games with four or more home runs (five; the old record was three), most home runs in a five-game span (22), and most home runs in a six-game span (24, tied).
Individual milestones were reached, too, with Cody Bellinger on Thursday becoming the eighth different Dodger to hit 40 home runs in a season, and Max Muncy on Friday hitting his 30th, the first Dodger with back-to-back 30-homer seasons since Shawn Green in 2001-02.
Despite out-homering their opponents 21-4 during the week, the Dodgers lost three times. Those last three home runs over the weekend were killers, coincidentally all in the sixth inning: back-to-back shots from Josh Donaldson and Adam Duvall to break a tie against the usually stingy Hyun-jin Ryu on Saturday, then a grand slam by the career .238/.292/.290-hitting Rafael Ortega spoiled Dustin May’s relief debut on Sunday.
Los Angeles ended the week up 18½ games over San Francisco in the National League West, with a magic number of 19 to clinch a seventh-straight division.
Pitcher of the week
Clayton Kershaw allowed only two singles in dominating the Marlins on Wednesday, striking out 10 in seven scoreless innings.
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25 days ago by rgl7194
Dodgers hit four homers, but fall to Marlins 13-7 - True Blue LA
The runs kept coming in the seventh, as Cody Bellinger hit a three-run shot for his 40th homer of the season. Bellinger becomes the youngest Dodger in franchise history to hit 40 in a season. He’s also the eighth different Dodger player ever to reach that number in a season.
A career-high 40 homers!
Say hello to your new MLB home run leader, @Cody_Bellinger! pic.twitter.com/dKVXhKBvdy
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 15, 2019
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26 days ago by rgl7194
First to 40 blasts, Bellinger trying not to count
MIAMI -- Cody Bellinger admits it’s hard not to keep tabs on the home run race, which he currently finds himself in the thick of with 39 games remaining in the season.
Bellinger set a new career high with his 40th homer of the season while also temporarily taking over the Major League lead in Thursday's 13-7 Dodgers loss to the Marlins at Marlins Park. Fellow MVP Award candidate Mike Trout later tied him atop the leaderboard, hitting his 40th against the White Sox. Brewers star Christian Yelich and Mets rookie Pete Alonso each have 39.
“I wouldn't say it's putting any more pressure to hit homers,” said Bellinger, who became the youngest player in Dodgers history to reach the 40-homer mark at 24 years old. “I'm just trying to stay within myself every day and keep going.”
That appears to be a theme with these slugging Dodgers, who rank first in the National League and third in the Majors with 211 long balls. In the process, they’re setting records left and right.
With taters from Kyle Garlick, Max Muncy and Corey Seager, the Dodgers set a franchise record with 14 homers in a three-game series. They also became the first team since at least 1908 to hit four-plus home runs in four straight games.
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26 days ago by rgl7194
Forget MVP: Belli, Yeli may duel for Triple Crown
The Brewers’ Christian Yelich and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger will spend the last two months of the regular season jockeying for position in the National League MVP race. But that’s not the only personal accomplishment at stake.
There is also the Triple Crown. Yes, really.
It’s a feat that may seem a bit old-fashioned these days, depending on a player leading his league in three traditional stats: batting average, home runs and RBIs. Yet it still carries some serious weight, with Miguel Cabrera (2012) the only player to win one since 1967, and one of 10 players to win one -- including two who did it twice -- since RBIs became an official stat in 1920.
Last season, Yelich’s torrid second half propelled him into a late run at the Triple Crown, although both he and Boston’s J.D. Martinez in the AL fell a bit short. Yelich remained in contention until the end, entering the Brewers’ Oct. 1 tiebreaker game against the Cubs within one home run and two RBIs. Ultimately, Yelich won the NL batting title handily (.326) and finished tied for third in homers (36) and tied for second in RBIs (110).
With less than two months to go this season, Yelich is once again in the thick of the NL Triple Crown chase. But this time he has company, with Bellinger neck-and-neck with him through Friday’s action.
Let’s break it down.
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5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger makes history as Dodgers fall to Padres - True Blue LA
Dustin May takes the loss in first career start
Cody Bellinger became the quickest Dodger to reach 100 home runs on Friday night, as he crushed his 36th homer of the season over the center field fence. Unfortunately, it was the only offense on the night for LA, as they fell to the Padres, 5-2.
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6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Biggest Dodger Surprise: The Case For Cody Bellinger | Dodgers Nation
The NL MVP leader wasn’t expected to be THIS good.
Continuing with the “Biggest Dodger Surprise” series, it’s fitting that we address Cody Bellinger, as his 24th birthday just passed. Bellinger’s 2019 is probably the least likely to be viewed as a “surprise.” Fans saw what he was capable of in his Rookie of the Year 2017 season and they also saw his minor sophomore slump last year, he was still good. However, his 2019 campaign has been surprising none-the-less, no one expected him to be this good…
He’s been ridiculous.
Offensive Case
Offensively the case for Cody Bellinger is easy. Everyone knew he had power, what they didn’t know was everything else he could do at the plate. Bellinger currently leads the National League in Offensive WAR (4.8), On-Base% (.433), Runs Scored (70), and Total Bases (221).
Whatever major offensive category he doesn’t lead, he still ranks top 5. Bellinger is currently 2nd in NL Batting Average (.336), Slugging% (.688), OPS (1.122), HR (30), and RBIs (71) making him a a very real candidate for a Triple Crown.
Last season Bellinger hit a respectable 25 HRs and 76 RBIs to follow up his phenomenal rookie season when he hit 39 HRs and 97 RBIs. Through 93 games, he’s just 9 HRs and 26 RBIs shy of matching that rookie season with 69 games to go. Beyond his power, Bellinger has hit 8 infield hits this year, most of which have come from his speed allowing him to beat out the defensive throw. His 10.7% infield percentage is 4th best in the NL. Bellinger is just doing anything an everything he can to get on base and help his team win, defensively he’s doing it all too.
Defensive Case
While Cody Bellinger has been dominating the offense game, you can’t ignore his incredible defensive contributions this year either. Among all MLB outfielders, his 18 DRS (defensive runs saved) is the highest by 7, he has top-3 UZR (ultimate zone rating) at 8.9, and 4th best 1.5 dWAR. Additionally, Bellinger has put his impressive arm strength on display this year and has gunned down a NL best 8 baserunners from the outfield.
Also worth noting, he holds a NL second best .994 fielding percentage among outfielders and has just 1 error to his name this season.
Final Thoughts
Cody Bellinger’s has yet to look bad in his 2 1/2 seasons at the major league level, but his “sophomore slump” clearly lit a fire in him to get back to and improve upon his 2017 self. It would’ve been easy for him to focus solely on hitting or to take the ego approach and assume he’ll be able to make in-season adjustments. Instead he put in the off season work to improve on both sides of the field. At best he’ll be rewarded with the National League MVP award, at worst, he’s positioned to win the Silver Slugger and Gold Glove awards.
Cody Bellinger’s well documented improvements and impressive numbers aren’t what makes his case for “biggest Dodger surprise”, it’s his overall mindset and approach. Accolades of being the best player aren’t what interests him most. Cody Bellinger is most interested in being and doing what he must to push his Dodgers team to achieve what his father Clay achieved, a World Series Championship. The biggest surprise is the emergence of Cody Bellinger’s leadership.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
7 Burning Questions For The MLB Stretch Run | FiveThirtyEight
Can Cody Bellinger hold off Mike Trout?
A healthy Mike Trout is usually a strong pick to lead the majors in WAR. From the Los Angeles Angels outfielder’s first full MLB season in 2012 through 2018, Trout finished first among hitters in WAR four times in seven chances. The only exceptions were 2015 (when Bryce Harper rattled off what looks like one of the all-time fluke seasons), 2017 (when Trout was injured for a big part of the season) and 2018 (when both happened — Trout was hurt and Mookie Betts also had an all-time great campaign). The 27-year-old Trout has already passed numerous Hall of Famers in career WAR, so it makes sense that it would take either an injury or a historic rival season to dethrone him from his customary spot atop the league leaderboard.
This year, Trout is healthy, which is a big part of the equation. He’s also having one of his best-ever seasons at the plate. But this time, the rival performance is an all-time great one being served up by Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger, who is on pace for 10.8 WAR by season’s end (which would rank among the top 30 or so seasons by a batter in MLB history). Bellinger streaked ahead of Trout relatively early in the season and hasn’t looked back — though maybe he should start checking the rearview mirror. With a .476 weighted on-base average to Bellinger’s .303 over the past 14 days, Trout has now pulled within 0.07 WAR of his Dodger counterpart on the season. And on top of his stellar numbers, Trout is also one of the most consistent players in baseball history, so he’s likely to get to his usual (astronomical) WAR level by the end of the year. The real question is whether Bellinger can continue to keep pace with this crazy career year of his own.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
The True Blue LA midseason awards - True Blue LA
We award the Dodgers players with very important titles
The baseball season is long ... really, really long. In fact, as of today, the Dodgers are through 92 games. To put that into perspective, that’s 10 more games than the NHL and NBA seasons and nearly six times as many games as the NFL. So, it’s a decent point to stop and recognize the players who deserve it most.
Before we begin, I would like to preface that the Dodgers currently have the best record (60-32) and run differential (+129) in all of Major League Baseball. They also have a 13 1⁄2 lead in their division. So yeah, the team is filled with extraordinary players.
These awards were voted by the True Blue LA fans via a Twitter poll, so the results are very official.
Most Valuable Player
Nominees: Cody Bellinger, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Verdugo
Cody Bellinger takes home the Most Valuable Player award for his absolutely dominant first half performance. He’s having a phenomenal season and (if he keeps up this pace) is a serious candidate to become the National League MVP at the end of the season. The 23-year-old is leading the team in every single offense statistic, including an impressive 6.6 rWAR (of which he leads the MLB). He also has a very real chance of earning a triple crown, as he ranks second in baseball in batting average, runs batted in and home runs.
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9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Nine things we learned in the first half
Now that was a first half. Couldn’t ask for much more, could we? Standings scrambled. Homers flying. Another wave of young talent. Things move fast, too.
One day, you’re sprucing up the ballpark for Opening Day, and it seems like 20 minutes later, the stretch run is almost here. So this is a good time to take stock at an All-Star break at which 11 of 15 National League teams are within 2 1/2 games of a playoff berth and eight AL teams are within three games.
Here are nine things we’ve learned so far.
1. The Dodgers are the best team
They’re playing at a 106-win clip and have a 13 1/2-game division lead, thanks to a roster that’s ridiculously deep and a pitching staff that has been excellent. There’s also a sprinkling of magic with five walk-off wins in the three weeks leading up to the All-Star break. Once they acquire a reliever or two at the Trade Deadline, they’ll be nicely positioned for a seventh straight division title and a run at winning the World Series for the first time since 1988. (Note of caution: As we often see, the best team doesn’t always win the World Series.)
9. There have been some real breakout players
Virtually every player spends months and months before Opening Day focused on tweaking his game -- changing his swing or his pitching mechanics, altering his mental approach. Every single player believes he can get better. That’s true of the great ones -- Trout, Max Scherzer, etc. That’s especially true of the youngsters. So let’s hear it for Bellinger, Ketel Marte, Lucas Giolito, Marcus Semien, Walker Buehler, Shane Bieber, DJ LeMahieu and others who have found a new level this year.
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9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers podcast: Cody Bellinger’s breakout season - True Blue LA
Improvements in 3rd season have LA star in MVP hunt
Now that the All-Star break is here we can do a little unwinding and reflect on the “first half” of the Dodgers season. The overriding development of those first 92 games was Cody Bellinger, who is having a career year and building one of the best years in franchise history.
Think of it this way: if Bellinger doesn’t do a thing the rest of the season, he already has 30 home runs and 6.6 Wins Above Replacement (the Baseball-Reference version), something done only once in the previous 14 seasons by a Dodger.
We talk about Bellinger’s improvements, what helps him stand out in the MVP race, and where his season already ranks historically among Dodgers greats.
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9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger reaches 30 homers, Dodgers win 5-1 - True Blue LA
The win didn’t come via the walk-off
For the first time since June 20, the Dodgers won a game at Dodger Stadium without needing a walk-off. After five straight walk-off wins at home, the Dodgers didn’t need to hit in the bottom of the inning to secure the victory, as they defeated the Padres 5-1.
It marks the 60th win of the season for LA — the most wins in franchise history by July 4.
The Dodgers wasted no time getting on the board. In the second inning, Max Muncy connected on his 21st homer of the season, sending it to the lodge level to give his team the 1-0 lead.
The Dodgers added two more in the fifth, sending seven hitters to the plate. Though they scored two runs and nearly batted around, they only had one hit, which was courtesy of Matt Beaty who led off the inning with a single. He’d be followed with back-to-back walks, loading the bases for Hyun-Jin Ryu.
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Ryu dominates, Bellinger homers and Dodgers beat Padres 5-1
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers notched their 60th victory of the season with their ninth straight home win...
...Ryu lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.73 in his final appearance before starting for the National League in next week's All-Star game in Cleveland. His ERA is the sixth-best in franchise history entering the break.
"He was in complete control," Roberts said.
Ryu is even better at home, with a 7-0 mark and 0.85 ERA.
"He's been the best pitcher in the National League. You can see why," Padres manager Andy Green said. "He pitches on edges all day long. He mixes. He gets to 2-0 counts, he doesn't give in."
Bellinger homered leading off the sixth, sending a 2-2 pitch into right field to join Reggie Jackson, Mark McGwire and Willie Mays as players 23 or younger with 30 homers before the All-Star break. Bellinger is the only Dodger to have done so.
"It doesn't matter who's throwing to him," Roberts said, "he's in such a good place."
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger makes history with walk-off home run - True Blue LA
He earns the Player of the Series honor
Cody Bellinger proved to be the hero in Wednesday night’s game against the Diamondbacks, hitting a walk-off homer in the 10th inning. This walk-off home run doubled as his 29th dinger of the season, which surpassed Duke Snider and Gil Hodges for Dodgers player with the most home runs before the All-Star break.
Earlier in the game, Bellinger tied the record (28) with a homer in the second inning.
But wait, there is so much more to this story.
Not only did it make Dodgers history, but it was his second-straight game with a walk-off RBI. Just one night prior, he drew the fifth-straight walk to bring in the game-winning run.
Also, Bellinger’s walk-off homer contributed to the fifth consecutive walk-off victory at home. The Dodgers became the fifth team in the live-ball era to do this. The Oakland Athletics were the last team to do this, with five-straight walk-off wins in 2004.
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers walk it off for fifth straight game - True Blue LA
A Hollywood script
LOS ANGELES — If you asked numerous Hollywood screenwriters, they likely would be unable to write up a script like this one. Coming into Wednesday’s contest, the Dodgers had walked it off in four consecutive games at Dodger Stadium, providing a movie-like finish to each one.
On their previous home-stand, they swept the Rockies thanks to walk-off home runs from three different rookies, something that had never been done before. On Tuesday night against Arizona, the Dodgers used five straight walks with two outs to come from behind and win, something that hadn’t been done in nearly a century.
On Wednesday night, the magic was alive and well, as nearly 54,000 screaming fans watched Cody Bellinger send a ball deep into the Hollywood sky, landing in the right-field bleachers for a game-winning home run.
The homer was a historic one all the way around, as it was Bellinger’s 29th of the season. It’s the most home runs by a Dodgers player before the All-Star break in franchise history. On top of that, the home run marked the Dodgers’ fifth consecutive walk-off victory at home. They are the fifth team in the last 100 years to win via the walk-off in five consecutive home games.
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Finally their year? Dodgers looking unstoppable
Sometimes it’s easy to overlook the greatness of these 2019 Dodgers. So let’s offer a toast to something that is as close to perfection as just about any team can achieve in Major League Baseball.
To review: the Dodgers reached the halfway mark of the season on Tuesday by winning for the 55th time with a 3-2 victory over the D-backs. This does not mean the Dodgers will win the World Series or that the Dodgers are headed for 110 wins.
It just means that for the past three months the Dodgers have been a work of art. Their plus-131 run differential is 21 more than any other team (Twins). They’ve got the deepest rotation. They’ve scored the second most runs in the National League.
If the season ended today, the Dodgers would have the NL MVP (Cody Bellinger), Cy Young Award winner (Hyun-Jin Ryu) and a legit Rookie of the Year candidate (Alex Verdugo). Dave Roberts would be the NL Manager of the Year for the second time in four seasons.
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Bellinger named 2019 All-Star starter – Dodger Insider
Cody Bellinger is an All-Star starter for the first time in 2019.
Bellinger will join Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich and Atlanta’s Ronald Acuña Jr. in the National League starting outfield. It’s the second career All-Star nod for Bellinger, who was also an All-Star during his Rookie of the Year 2017 season.
Bellinger, who leads all qualified players in WAR and OPS, is batting .354/.452/.711 with 26 home runs, already surpassing his home run total from last season. He’s also showed off the glove in right field, leading all of baseball with 19 defensive runs saved.
“It’s cool going to the All-Star Game, but being a starter in the All-Star Game makes it more special,” Bellinger said while being interviewed on ESPN, which unveiled the All-Star starters Thursday afternoon.
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Bellinger, Pederson, Muncy each reached 20 HRs before July - True Blue LA
Bellinger, Pederson and Muncy each have at least 20 home runs before July
The Los Angeles Dodgers became the fifth team in history to have three players reach 20 homers before July. Max Muncy’s dinger on Friday night sealed the deal.
Cody Bellinger was the first of the three to reach the 20 home run mark, with a shot against the Mets on May 28. This is exactly one month before Muncy knocked in his 20th. Joc Pederson’s No. 20 came on June 20 against San Francisco.
The previous four teams to do this did not go on to win the World Series, which doesn’t necessarily count the Dodgers out for this year. In fact, this achievement shows the Dodgers have tons of power on their starting lineup.
All the teams to accomplish this feat are in the juiced ball era, and this year’s Dodgers are no different. Technically, the balls are not juiced this year, but they are different than last year. It’s the reason why MLB players are on pace to hit 1,000 more homers than they did last season.
And it may be the reason why each of the three Dodgers sluggers are on pace to hit more homers than they did last season.
Cody Bellinger, Joc Pederson and Muncy are all projected to hit at least 38 home runs in 2019, if they keep up this pace. While Muncy led the team in home runs last season, Bellinger will likely be the home run leader at the end of the season, as he is on pace to hit more than 51 homers. If Bellinger is able to continue this pace, he will pass up Shawn Green for most home runs in a Dodgers single season (49).
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
20 (good and bad) first-half surprises
SURPRISING PLAYERS
Cody Bellinger, OF, Dodgers: We all knew Bellinger would be good, but … this? Bellinger is on pace for 50 homers and he’s hitting .350 and he has the highest on-base percentage in the NL. He’s also the defensive whiz we always knew he was and is leading the Dodgers to the best record in baseball. Bellinger has never hit over .267. Again, he's at .350!
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11 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Dodgers’ dominant defense | The SIS Blog
The Dodgers are poised to not just dominate the NL West again, but to dominate all of baseball in defensive performance.
The Dodgers lead MLB with 62 Defensive Runs Saved. The next-closest team entering Thursday is the Astros with 45. What’s impressive about the Dodgers is that they’ve done this after they let standout catcher Yasmani Grandal leave as a free agent, traded Yasiel Puig to the Reds, and got negative defensive value out of free agent signee A.J. Pollock before Pollock got hurt. Others have stepped up and stood out.
Bellinger a Defensive MVP
The departure of Puig cleared a full-time spot in right field for Cody Bellinger. Bellinger has delivered as both a hitter and a fielder.
Bellinger has saved 11 runs as a right fielder. His 12 runs saved overall lead the majors. Those include four Outfield Arm Runs Saved, which is tied for the most in the majors. Only 4-of-21 baserunners have taken an extra base on hits against him. He also gained value from a home run-robbing catch against Brewers star Christian Yelich.
This is the first time that Bellinger has played right field full time in the majors. He played most of 2017 and 2018 at first base, though he got just over 300 innings in left field in 2017 and nearly 500 innings in center field last season.
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11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Roberts: Belli playing 'Gold Glove right field'
PITTSBURGH -- Word of warning: Don’t get caught watching just Cody Bellinger’s bat.
The Dodgers outfielder has set all kinds of Major League highs on offense as part of his .391/.474/.765 effort through the team’s first 52 games. But he’s also sitting near the top of all the top defensive metrics, and Saturday night provided yet another example of why.
In the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 7-2 win over the Pirates, Bellinger ranged back to the right-field warning track on a drive off the bat of Jake Elmore. Using all of his 6-foot-4 frame and its reach, Bellinger leaped up while making contact with the scoreboard on the Clemente Wall to strand a runner at third base and end the frame.
“I knew he hit it well,” Bellinger said after the game. “I haven’t played right field here, so I tried to get to the wall as quick as I could, and I just timed up my jump and it went in the glove.”
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11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Is Dodgers handy man Cody Bellinger the best player in baseball?
After being benched in the World Series, Cody Bellinger now leads MLB in WAR and owns the lefties who once owned him. How's he done it? The Los Angeles Dodgers' All-Star wields five tools like a master craftsman.
Hitting for average
Bellinger is a true Triple Crown threat (.358, 24 homers, 60 RBIs) thanks to that huge improvement against left-handers -- he's hitting .359 with a 1.188 OPS against them (.226/.681 last year). He has cut his strikeout rate (14.8 percent) nearly in half from two seasons ago and bumped his contact rate (77.1 percent) to a career best. Oh, and he leads MLB with 6.2 WAR. If he accrues WAR at this pace, he'll finish with 13.3, within shouting distance of Babe Ruth's single-season record (14.1).
Hitting for power
Bellinger set a Dodgers record with 14 home runs through April. His homer rate (7.7 percent of his plate appearances end in round-trippers) is almost double the MLB average (4.1 percent). He's accomplishing all this because he's hitting everything squarely. If he maintains his line drive rate of 40.6 percent, it would be the best of anyone in the past decade. Figuring out how to hit lefties hasn't hurt either. He's gone deep 10 times in 92 at-bats against them. He had just six homers facing lefties in 2018.
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12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Player of the series: Cody Bellinger
Bellinger hits three home runs and has a 1.729 OPS in this series
LOS ANGELES —- — Cody Bellinger had not homered since May 28th when he homered against Jon Lester in the first game of the Dodgers and Cubs four-game series at Dodger Stadium. That would be the first of three home runs he would hit against Cubs left-handed pitchers in the series.
Bellinger now has ten home runs against left-handed pitching this season. That is the most by any left-handed batter against a southpaw pitcher.
On Sunday, his home run off José Quintana tied the game.
Bellinger would finish the series going 5-for-12 with four walks and three home runs. His batting line for the past four games was .417/.562/1.167 and that gave him a 1.729 OPS which was enough to award him the series award.
Hyun-Jin Ryu might have earned a back-to-back series player awards as he gave up two unearned runs in his seven-inning start against the Cubs. Ryu struck out eight and had no walks.
He lowered his ERA to 1.26 and let’s take a moment to take that in.
Also by pitching seven innings with no walks, that made it ten straight starts of six or more innings pitched and only one or zero walks in that start.
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12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 12 review: Coping with loss - True Blue LA
Batter of the week
Cody Bellinger regained his home run stroke, smashing three long balls with a 1.280 OPS, and also stole the Dodgers’ only base of the week.
Honorable mention goes to David Freese, who was 5-for-9 with two home runs because that’s what he does now; and to Max Muncy, who followed up last Sunday’s shenanigans with three more home runs, five walks, six RBI, and this T-shirt during batting practice:
Pitcher of the week
Walker Buehler was wonderful on Saturday night, pitching seven scoreless innings and left with a 1-0 lead for his second straight start. Since the beginning of May, Buehler has a 1.87 ERA in eight starts, including allowing one total run in 22 innings so far in June.
Hyun-jin Ryu gets honorable mention for being typically great, allowing only three runs in 13 innings in his two starts for the week, just one of those runs earned. Ryu’s ERA on the season is an unreal 1.26.
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12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Real or Not? Christian Yelich, Cody Bellinger headed for epic MVP battle
One place baseball is not struggling to draw fans: Milwaukee. Before 45,375 at Miller Park on Sunday, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 to complete a three-game sweep. One of the highlights for the Brewers: Christian Yelich hit his MLB-leading 24th home run in going 2-for-4 to raise his season line to .340/.446/.745.
In San Francisco, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 behind Walker Buehler's seven shutout innings and Max Muncy's home run into McCovey Cove off Madison Bumgarner. Cody Bellinger went 0-for-4, but he's still ripping the ball at a .355/.449/.693 clip, with 20 home runs.
Since hitting .400 for the last time on May 21, Bellinger has hit just .226 and has now had three hitless games in a row after not having two in a row before. Yelich has passed Bellinger in slugging percentage and OPS, and the potentially epic MVP race is back on. (To be fair, Bellinger's slump is really just these three games. He had hit safely in his previous 12 games and hit .286/.375/.571. It's only a slump because he was hitting .404 a couple weeks ago.)
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june 2019 by rgl7194
Still-too-early All-Stars -- Who's on track for the Midsummer Classic?
NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTERS
OF -- Cody Bellinger, Dodgers (.376/.462/.733, 20 HR, 52 RBI). He not only leads the majors in batting average, OBP and slugging percentage (and thus wOBA), but also leads in defensive runs saved, so he has arguably been the best offensive player and the best defensive player in the majors.
P -- Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers (8-1, 1.48 ERA, 73 IP, 69 SO). For every pitcher who goes out there and tries to strike out every batter, here's an object lesson in command and efficiency. Ryu has made 12 starts and walked five batters after tossing seven more scoreless inning on Tuesday night -- heck, Yu Darvish has walked five guys in one game three times already -- and hasn't allowed more than two runs in any outing. He went 5-0 in May, didn't allow a home run in 45⅔ innings and surrendered just three runs. I guess the Dodgers are happy he accepted their qualifying offer, keeping him off the free-agent market last winter.
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june 2019 by rgl7194
'M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!' -- A look inside Cody Bellinger's breakthrough
LOS ANGELES -- The absurdity of Cody Bellinger's ascendant season reached what felt like an apex on the night of May 27, when the Los Angeles Dodgers' budding superstar came to bat for the fifth time. Moments earlier, in the top of the eighth inning, Bellinger thwarted a New York Mets rally by making a catch in deep right field and uncorking a 300-foot throw that resulted in his seventh outfield assist. Seven innings before that, he recorded his sixth outfield assist, cutting down a runner at the plate. Two innings after that, he blasted his 19th home run in his 52nd game of the season.
And so as he strolled toward home plate with one out and none on in the bottom of the eighth, a Dodger Stadium crowd of 47,816 filled the air with a rightful chant.
M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!
It's rare for a player's emergence to be this obvious, this momentous, but Bellinger clearly has lifted himself to a higher stratosphere in his age-23 season. Through it, teammates and coaches have noted how his calm, low-key demeanor has gone unchanged. He admittedly smiles at the Instagram posts that fuel the hype, reads some of the Twitter fodder that attempts to contextualize his torrid start, and then, in his words, "whatever."
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june 2019 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger: Dodgers star wants a World Series ring like his dad
PHOENIX — He has basked on World Series floats, waving to fans with confetti falling on his head, has three World Series rings, and still has autograph seekers leaving baseballs and bats for him and his wife at home and work.
It's been 17 years since Clay Bellinger last played in a baseball game, winning World Series championships with the New York Yankees in 1999 and 2000, and the Los Angeles Angels in 2002. But now at the age of 50, he’s more popular than he’s been in his entire life.
The only difference is that no one is asking about him anymore. Or what it’s like playing with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. Or being part of a Yankee dynasty.
Everyone wants to know about that 23-year-old kid who pulled up in a town car late Sunday night, going straight from the airport to Bellinger’s suburban Chandler, Ariz., home, and greeted exuberantly by their 7-year-old dog, Bella.
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june 2019 by rgl7194
How Cody Bellinger could have the best season in MLB history
For the first two weeks of the baseball season, WAR goes dark. Baseball-Reference.com didn't roll out the first run of its all-encompassing stat until the morning of April 9, by which point the Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger was hitting .435, slugging .978 and on pace to hit 103 home runs and produce 20 wins above replacement.
All of those would be records, but, of course, paces like that never hold. Bellinger's home run pace fell behind 73 on the last day of April, his slugging percentage fell below .863 in early May, and his batting average dipped below .400 -- almost certainly for good -- last week. Yet one pace holds: More than a third of the way through the season, the third-year outfielder has 5.4 WAR, in 55 team games, on track for about 16.0. The single-season record is 14.1, by Babe Ruth in 1923.
This pace, too, likely cannot hold. But it's a rare occurrence when we can see, over such an extended period, what the greatest season of all time would even look like. This is what it looks like...
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june 2019 by rgl7194
Fans chant 'MVP' after Bellinger's 2 assists, HR
LOS ANGELES -- Dave Roberts was asked if he had ever experienced anything resembling the day-to-day, all-encompassing dominance that Cody Bellinger has exhibited through these first few months of the season and started searching.
Roberts is in his fourth season as the Los Angeles Dodgers' manager and his ninth overall as a coach, following a well-traveled, 10-year career as a player.
But Roberts couldn't find any comps from personal experience. He instead looked to the team that plays 30 miles down the road and summoned Mike Trout, and all that represents.
"You have to be careful when you're talking about Mike Trout, because that's longevity too," Roberts said after the Dodgers' Bellinger-inspired 9-5 victory over the New York Mets on Memorial Day. "But for a two-month span, that's kind of what you're talking about."
Bellinger recorded two outfield assists and homered in what became the Dodgers' fourth consecutive victory, coming about as close as one can in this sport to single-handedly affecting the outcome of a game.
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june 2019 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger does it all on Monday - True Blue LA
Cody Bellinger hit his 19th home run and threw out two runners in the Dodgers 36th win of the season
LOS ANGELES — — Cody Bellinger hit a mammoth home run in tonight’s game. That might have been the third most impressive play he made in the Dodger 9-5 win over the Mets on Monday night.
In the first inning, the Mets had already scored a run when Todd Frazier singled to right. Mike Conforto attempted to score from second but Bellinger threw him out to keep it at 1-0.
The second play was made when the Mets looked like they could come all the way back after trailing by five runs.
Joe Kelly came in to pitch and he faced three batters. A single, two-run homer and another single later meant his night was over. Dylan Floro was able to get one out but two other batters reached to load the bases.
Kenley Jansen came in to attempt a five-out save. J.D. Davis would hit a fly ball to right field and you immediately thought it was now a two-run game.
Bellinger made the catch and threw the ball to third base. Not only did Bellinger throw out Carlos Gomez, the Dodgers recorded that third out before Tomas Nido touched home plate. so the Dodgers still led by three going to bottom of the eighth inning.
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june 2019 by rgl7194
Four reasons why Dodgers' Cody Bellinger could be MLB's first .400 hitter since Ted Williams - CBSSports.com
We haven't seen anyone hit .400 since Ted Williams in 1941
Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers has been the best player in baseball in 2019 and it's not really even close. He has the potential to do a lot of special things this season if he maintains a pace even close to this. We'll focus on an old-school throwback here in a second, but let's go through the breadth of his greatness so far. 
Bellinger has 4.6 WAR on baseball-reference.com. No other player has more than 3.3 and no other position player has more than 3.1 (not surprisingly, that's Mike Trout). Keep in mind this is through 46 games. All of last season, only 23 position players had at least 4.6 WAR. That's where Bellinger is right now! Amazing.
Cody Bellinger
LAD • RF • 35
BA
.405
R
42
HR
17
RBI
44
SB
7
Bellinger leads the majors with 42 runs, 46 hits, 44 RBI, a .405 batting average, a .485 on-base percentage and a .791 slugging percentage. He also leads in total bases. His OPS+ is 238 (also leading the majors), roughly meaning he's been 138 percent better than a league average hitter. He's also second in home runs, fifth in the NL in steals, 10th in the NL in walks, second in extra-base hits and first in times on base. 
It's just absurd how good he's been. 
Let's circle back to batting average, though. 
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june 2019 by rgl7194
MLB's 10 most surprising improvements, and whether they will stick
Two years ago, Aaron Judge hit 10 April homers on his way to a 52-homer season and securing his place among the elite sluggers in baseball. That same April, Eric Thames hit 11 homers in his first season back in the major leagues, but he was merely an average hitter the rest of the season and ended up without a starting job last season. Both players had to be considered huge surprises, but some surprises have better staying power than others.
Here are this year's big surprises and a look at whether their big starts might have staying power.
Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
Two seasons ago, Bellinger was a superstar in the making, hitting nearly 40 homers in less than a full season's worth of work. As a sophomore, he slumped to 25 homers and looked more like an above-average regular than a star. This season, stardom has struck, with Bellinger pacing the majors with nearly 4 WAR in less than two months. He has increased his walks while cutting his strikeouts nearly in half. Bellinger is on pace for one of the greatest seasons of all time, and while he might not get there, an MVP award is within his grasp...
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june 2019 by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 8 review: Starting pitching on fire - True Blue LA
Strong pitching was the driver for the Dodgers last week, with a 24-inning scoreless streak on the staff that ran from Tuesday to Saturday. Hyun-jin Ryu has a scoreless streak of his own, reaching 31 innings after seven scoreless innings on Sunday in Cincinnati.
The LA rotation had a 1.10 ERA with 39 strikeouts against only two walks, and the result was four wins in five games over the Padres and Reds.
Dodgers starting pitchers have a 2.99 ERA on the season, second-best in MLB, and since the team’s six-game losing streak in April the rotation has a 2.41 ERA, fueling the team to a 23-9 surge.
Batter of the week
Cody Bellinger is back at the top of the heap this week after three more home runs while leading the team in runs, hits, home runs, RBI and walks. Honorable mention goes to Joc Pederson, who hit two home runs, and to Max Muncy and his .984 OPS.
Pitcher of the week
On Wednesday against San Diego, Kenta Maeda struck out 12, the most by any Dodgers pitcher all season, and pitched scoreless baseball into the seventh inning. Honorable mention goes to Rich Hill, who struck out 10 in six scoreless innings Friday in Cincinnati in his best start of the season. In the Dodgers’ first 44 games, they had a pitcher strike out 10-plus one time before Maeda and Hill had the back-to-back double-digit performances.
Hyun-jin Ryu also deserves mention, tossing up another seven scoreless frames on Sunday, extending his scoreless streak to 31 innings, tied for the 10th longest in LA Dodgers history.
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june 2019 by rgl7194
Dodgers May Review: Full throttle - True Blue LA
The Dodgers were one of the best teams in May
The Dodgers’ formula for winning was the same throughout the month. Great pitching plus great hitting, with the occasional bullpen implosion.
They were in first place for the entire month of May. They entered the month just one game ahead of the division and exit May with a 8.5 lead. The rest of the division shuffled around but the Dodgers sat pretty on top.
Starting pitchers held a 2.50 ERA this month, which is the best in the MLB. They also lead the league in WHIP (0.931), walk rate (3.4%) and strikeout:walk ratio (7.41).
The boys in blue are on pace to win 109 games this season.
Batter of May
This isn’t easy. There were several hitters that performed well in the month of May, with five of the eight starters batting .300 or higher. The easy answer is Cody Bellinger, who is at the top of the pack for almost every stat. He boasts a .319/.413/.585 slash line and leads the team in hits (30) and walks (15). He also has the team’s second-most doubles (7), home runs (6). No other Dodger is across the board like Belli.
Joc Pederson was the slugger of May, leading the team in home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.723). Max Muncy also had seven home runs in May.
Pitcher of May
There is no question Hyun-Jin Ryu is the pitcher of the month. Ryu went 5-0 in May, boasting a 0.59 ERA. In six starts, he only allowed three runs to score. He lead the team with 36 strikeouts and only allowed three walks. He held his opponents to a .177 batting average, only behind Kenta Maeda (.146).
Out of the bullpen, Pedro Báez was noteworthy. He sported a 1.93 ERA in 12 appearances. In 9 1⁄3 innings pitched, he allowed five runs (two earned).
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june 2019 by rgl7194
Player of the series: Cody Bellinger - True Blue LA
To no surprise
The Dodgers took three out of four games from the Mets this past week. Aside from the bullpen, LA got contributions across the board. Their offense came up huge at times, their starting pitching was great and they played fantastic defense.
As the title states, this is a player of the series award, but Cody Bellinger needed just one game to be the best player of the series.
His performance on Monday was truly something special. He did it on both sides of the ball. First, and most memorably, with his defense.
Hello, have you Met @Cody_Bellinger? pic.twitter.com/Wl373vgVg7
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 28, 2019
Not only did he get an incredible outfield assist on the play, it would be the second best play he’d make from right field for the game.
With a three-run lead and the bases loaded, Bellinger made one of the best defensive plays we’ll see all season.
CODY JAMES BELLINGER, YOU ARE RIDICULOUS. pic.twitter.com/OD7zfOAgzH
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 28, 2019
Not only did he gun the runner out at third base, he did so before the runner could score, getting the double play and helping the Dodgers escape the inning with a three-run lead.
He also did it on the offensive side as well, hitting this home run to give the Dodgers the lead.
Here comes the BOOM. pic.twitter.com/0FiD0f84kP
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 28, 2019
For the series, he was 4-for-15, with two home runs and four runs driven in. He also walked four times as well.
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june 2019 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger Was Already Good. Then He Changed His Swing. | FiveThirtyEight
PITTSBURGH — The fly-ball revolution began with desperate players hoping to extend their careers with dramatic changes to their swings. Players like Justin Turner, nontendered by the New York Mets after the 2013 season, and J.D. Martinez, released by the Houston Astros in the spring of 2014, went outside the pro game to seek out independent swing instructors. But what happens when players who are already among the game’s most successful try to optimize their approach and embrace the same style of teaching?
What happens is Cody Bellinger’s 2019 season. The Los Angeles Dodger leads the majors with 4.4 wins above replacement1 — already a career best — 213 weighted runs created plus2 and high marks in a host of traditional metrics like runs, RBIs, on-base plus slugging and batting average.3
Asked about what happens when the most talented players, like Bellinger, begin to adopt the best new ideas entering the game, Dodgers teammate David Freese thought for a moment and said: “It’s scary.”
While Bellinger was certainly an above-average major league hitter last year, he was not satisfied with what had been an up-and-down season. His elite bat speed had helped make him the top Dodgers prospect and the NL Rookie of the Year in 2017, when he belted 39 home runs, but he has also suffered through extended slumps. He wanted to be better.
After an offseason of work, Bellinger has cut his strikeout rate more than any other player — a 9.7-point decrease through Sunday — at a time when MLB batters are striking out at a historic rate and when pitches have never been nastier. While he’s improved his contact ability, he’s also had the seventh-greatest increase in power.
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may 2019 by rgl7194
Comparing Dodgers' Cody Bellinger To Ted Williams, Circa 1941
Among the many things I learned during a lifetime of listening to Vin Scully, is to look to see what a major leaguer does in this third year. Because with a rookie season to get his cleats wet and a sophomore campaign to settle in -- to grow -- the third year is often quite telling. Does he emerge as the complete player that he can be, or step back as the competition adjusts to him?
I remember distinctly Vin's talking in this way about Ryan Sandberg during his third season (minus six at bats) of 1984, for example, when the Cubs' second baseman won the National League Most Valuable Player Award. I also recall an emphasis on the precise pronunciation of the name "Ryne," as opposed to "Ryan."
So a day after my buddy David Schoenfield presented a comparison of Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu to Hall of Famer Greg Maddux at ESPN.com, I thought I'd do the same with L.A.'s first baseman / outfielder / "wunderkind" (as Vin would call him), Cody Bellinger, and Ted Williams. I'm not predicting a Cooperstown-worthy career for Bellinger, necessarily; nor am I suggesting a .400 season, or anywhere close. But there are similarities, including the tall, lean build, the large left-handed presence in the batter's box, and as many have noted, the resemblance.
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may 2019 by rgl7194
Hyun-jin Ryu owns Dodger Stadium - True Blue LA
LOS ANGELES —— It would have been legendary, a no-hitter saved when Cody Bellinger threw out Stephen Strasburg at first taking away what normally is a base hit.
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may 2019 by rgl7194
These 11 players have exceeded expectations
We have seen one of the game’s best players improve dramatically for a second straight season. In that way, Christian Yelich continues to amaze. There is also a long list of younger players set to get way better in 2019.
Cody Bellinger is having a breakout season that might exceed every other breakout season. Paul DeJong, Joey Gallo and others have taken their games to places that would have been impossible to project.
This happens because players are devoted to their craft and because they are gifted and because teams make more information available to them than ever before.
Let’s look at 11 players who’ve improved the most this season. For each guy, we have indicated one rate stat that has taken a big jump from last year to this year.
1) Cody Bellinger, 1B, Dodgers (.814 OPS to 1.337): Bellinger is a reminder why the Dodgers almost never trade their best prospects. He’s also a reminder that the path to dominance isn’t always a straight line. Still only 23, Bellinger has just put together one of the great opening months in history and is the early front-runner in the race for the National League Most Valuable Player Award.
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may 2019 by rgl7194
Just How Hot Has Cody Bellinger Been? | FanGraphs Baseball
By now, most baseball fans are probably aware of Cody Bellinger’s start to the 2019 season. Through 31 games and 132 plate appearances, Bellinger has put up an almost-immortal .431/.508/.890 slash line, with a 256 wRC+, swatting 14 home runs, drawing 19 walks and striking out just 15 times.
He’s leading baseball in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, wOBA, wRC+, home runs, RBI, and runs scored. (He’s even stolen five bases so far this year, good for 15th.) As the calendar has now officially turned, Bellinger has tied the record for most home runs before May 1, and has set the record for most RBI before May 1.
Now, this season, baseball’s March 28 Opening Day was the earliest that it has been in history, giving Bellinger (and, Christian Yelich, who also tied the home run record) a few more games than their historical counterparts to set these marks. And, as we know, more games equals more opportunities to pad one’s numbers, especially counting stats like home runs and RBIs.
(Warning: I’m about to talk some about RBI. I also know that RBI isn’t an especially illuminating stat. I am writing about this for historical sake, so just bear with me.)
Consider this: Bellinger set his RBI record on April 29, his 30th game of the season. Mark McGwire and Juan Gonzalez — who previously shared the RBI-prior-to-May-1 record with 36, each doing so in 1998 — had only played 25 and 24 games, respectively, upon reaching that pinnacle.
Just how hot has Cody Bellinger been? We probably have some idea as to the answer, but let’s go ahead and put his first 30 games in true historical perspective to be absolutely certain.
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may 2019 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger named NL Player of the Month for April - True Blue LA
Bellinger caps off his historic month with Player of the Month honors
To no surprise, Cody Bellinger was named the National League Player of the Month for April. The last Dodger player to take home this honor was Justin Turner, who took home the honor for August last season.
It was a historic month for Bellinger, as he set essentially every MLB record prior to May 1. The records he set included RBI (37), base hits (47) and total bases (97). He also tied the record for most home runs hit with 14, as well as runs scored with 32.
On top of that, he led all of major league baseball in essentially every category as well. He led in those categories mentioned, as well as batting average (.431), on-base percentage (.508), slugging percentage (.890) and OPS (1.397).
If it seemed like Cody Bellinger was always on base, it’s because he was. He had a hit in 30 of the teams first 31 games. According to Dodger Insider, he became the only player in baseball history with at least 45 hits, 14 home runs and 35 RBI before May.
At the moment, Bellinger leads all of baseball with a 3.7 WAR, which is one higher than the next closest player, Mike Trout (2.5).
Not only was it a historic month at the plate for Bellinger, he also delivered a Gold Glove caliber month as well. His 0.7 defensive WAR was the sixth best in baseball, and the second highest amongst outfielders.
Bellinger gave us arguably one of the greatest overall month’s in major-league baseball history, it’s only deserving he takes home the honor.
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may 2019 by rgl7194
From A-plus to, wait, F-minus!? First-month grades for all 30 teams
Los Angeles Dodgers: A-
Best storyline: Cody Bellinger's opening month for the ages has made him the early leader in the MVP race. He has tied the records for most home runs (14) and most RBIs (37) before May 1. His ridiculous "on pace" numbers at the start of the week: .427, 76 HRs, 194 RBIs, 162 runs.
Mulligan: Free agent Joe Kelly signed a three-year, $25 million contract and was supposed to be the primary setup man to Kenley Jansen, but he has been serving up batting practice so far. Warning: Don't pay a guy based just on what he did in October.
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may 2019 by rgl7194
Dodgers podcast: Cody Bellinger’s April - True Blue LA
This week on the podcast we delve into the record-setting April by Cody Bellinger, the major league leader in several categories. We contrast that with the slumping Dodgers, though with perspective we note the relative merits of Bellinger and Justin Turner combining for 14 home runs so far.
Also the Dodgers are back at full strength for the first time in 2019, 30 games into the season. Rich Hill and Russell Martin are back.
If you have any questions for future podcasts, please send them to tblapodcast@gmail.com, or tweet us at @ericstephen or @jacobburch.
Dodgers rewind
With Bellinger rewriting the Dodgers April record book, we look back at April 1977 when Ron Cey set the world on fire with a then-record 29 RBI in April, in just 20 games. Cey’s torrid beginning fueled the Dodgers’ hot start on their way to the World Series.
Cey and Bellinger along with Wally Moon and Matt Kemp had arguably the greatest offensive Aprils in Dodgers history.
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may 2019 by rgl7194
Is NL MVP already down to a 2-star race?
Yelich-Bellinger could be battle for the ages
To understand what’s happening with Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich, let’s not overthink things. We are witnessing history, and as explanations go, that’s the best we’re likely to come up with.
Both these guys are in a zone that only the great ones understand, and years from now when this April is a speck in the rearview mirrors of their entire careers, they’ll probably have no explanation for the magic. Both players already have 14 homers, which ties Albert Pujols (2006) and Alex Rodriguez ('07) for the most ever hit before May 1.
And they are more than just homers. Bellinger is slashing .434/.508/.906 (1.414 OPS), while Yelich is at .353/.460/.804 (1.264 OPS) entering the final day of April.
According to research by MLB.com’s Sarah Langs, here are the 10 best March/Aprils ranked by OPS (minimum 75 PAs). Players with an asterisk went on to win league Most Valuable Player honors.
1. Barry Bonds, 2004: 1.828*
2. Larry Walker, 1997: 1.449*
3. Barry Bonds, 1993: 1.442*
4. Ron Cey, 1977: 1.433
5. Barry Bonds, 2002: 1.428*
6. Tony Perez, 1970: 1.428
7. Albert Pujols, 2006: 1.423
8. Jason Giambi, 2006: 1.407
9. Matt Kemp, 2012: 1.383
10. Ellis Burks, 1994: 1.359
Bellinger’s 1.414 OPS would be No. 8 overall. Meanwhile, Yelich would place 33rd, and his month may be over. He was not in the lineup Monday after leaving Sunday’s game with a sore back, but the hope is that the injury is just precautionary.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
The biggest MLB winners and losers of April
Who are your April MVPs?
Passan: Cody Bellinger in a rout -- and that's with Christian Yelich also tying Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols for the most home runs ever before May 1. How good has Bellinger been? His slugging percentage by itself is higher than the OPS of Bryce Harper, Fernando Tatis Jr., George Springer, Josh Donaldson, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and Mookie Betts. And Mike Trout in a rout, because it rhymes, but also because it's true.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Power Rankings -- Big additions shake things up
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2019 record: 19-11
Week 3 ranking: 3
Cody Bellinger continued his April tear Sunday with his 14th home run, tying Christian Yelich for most in the majors -- which also ties Albert Pujols (2006) and Alex Rodriguez (2007) for most home runs before May 1. Bellinger is hitting an amazing .427/.500/.913 and his 36 RBIs have tied Juan Gonzalez and Mark McGwire (both 1998) for most before May 1. It has been one of the best Aprils we've ever seen. -- David Schoenfield
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april 2019 by rgl7194
TBLA Tuesday morning links: Apr. 30, 2019 - True Blue LA
Cody Bellinger set an MLB record on Monday night. He has a chance on Tuesday to break some more records as well, including most hits, runs scored and home runs by a player before May 1.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger has not been lucky – Dodger Thoughts
Cody Bellinger’s absolutely incredible 2019 start has been covered from many different angles, and I don’t intend to repeat any of it here. I just want to add one thread to the tapestry.
It’s been years since I’ve cared about batting average, except when someone is batting .400. That number will always have magic for me. I’m more impressed, just as one example, by Bellinger’s .500 on-base percentage, which takes us beyond magic into Narnia territory.
Nevertheless, it’s Bellinger’s .420 batting average through the Dodgers’ first 30 games that I’m addressing today.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 5: Rich Hill & Russell Martin back, Cody Bellinger hot - True Blue LA
Batter of the week
This might come as a surprise to you, but Cody Bellinger was magnificent yet again, hitting three more home runs while leading the team in runs scored, RBI and walks while also stealing the team’s only base of the week.
He’s putting together arguably the greatest month in franchise history and at the moment leads the majors in batting average (.427), on-base percentage (.500), slugging percentage (.913), hits (44), home runs (14), total bases (94), RBI (36), runs scored (30), wOBA (.556), wRC+ (256) and fWAR (2.8). The home runs and total bases before May 1 are MLB records. Bellinger is also the first Los Angeles Dodger to score 30 runs in a single “month” (with the caveat that March/April is treated as a single month in baseball parlance).
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Real or not? Cody Bellinger is having the best April ever
It was a wild day on Sunday with walk-off hits, extra-inning games, injuries to Christian Yelich and Fernando Tatis Jr. that are hopefully not serious, a strikeout record, an actual complete game (congrats, Zach Eflin!), a rare trio of home runs and a Manny Machado web gem at shortstop.
The biggest highlight, however: Cody Bellinger went 2-for-3 in the Dodgers' 7-6 win over the Pirates, including his 14th home run, which tied him with Yelich for the MLB lead.
Bellinger's numbers: insanity. He's hitting .427/.500/.913 with 36 RBIs and joins the exclusive club of players with 14 home runs before May 1.
Bellinger, 2019: 14
Yelich, 2019: 14
Alex Rodriguez, 2007: 14
Albert Pujols, 2006: 14
Of course, the season started in late March this year (thus the "before May 1" qualifier) and decades ago the season didn't start until mid-April. Still, Bellinger's start is clearly one of the best opening months we've ever seen. He tied Juan Gonzalez and Mark McGwire (both in 1998) with 36 RBIs, and his .427 average ranks seventh highest since 1908 (minimum 75 plate appearances).
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger is the Dodgers top performer in series No. 9 - True Blue LA
Does this come as a surprise anymore?
Cody Bellinger is having one of the best starts in baseball. He’s set the MLB record for home runs hit (14) and total bases (93) before the month of May.
In the Dodgers’ series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he delivered stellar performances as always. He played a particularly crucial role in Sunday afternoon’s contest, batting in the winning run in the 7-6 win over the Bucs.
Overall, Bellinger went 4-for-9, driving in nearly one-third of the Dodgers total runs scored in the three-game set. No other Dodger had as many RBIs in the series, with Austin Barnes coming in second place with the three RBIs, all scored in game one. Here are his stats for his last three games:
2 R 4 H 2 HR 5 RBI 9 AB 1 SB .444 AVG
Belli also hit two “Belli-Bombs” in the series, earning enough to lead the league with 14 this season.
This is the fifth time Bellinger has been named the Dodgers series top performer, can he go for No. 6 in the upcoming series in San Francisco?
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Dodger home run streak - True Blue LA
33-game streak broke record held by Colorado Rockies
LOS ANGELES —— The Dodgers set the record for most consecutive home games with a home run last night. Cody Bellinger’s 13th home run of the season meant that the Dodgers have now homered in 33 straight home games going back to last August.
The Dodgers record during this streak is 23-10, 19 games were played in 2018 with remaining 14 being played this past March and April 2019.
Fifteen different players have homered in this streak, the only current position players that have not homered at Dodger Stadium during this stretch are catchers Rocky Gale and Russell Martin.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Austin Barnes drives in three, Ryu returns from IL as Dodgers win - True Blue LA
...Cody Bellinger continued his historic start to the season in the first inning. He hit a two-run homer to give him his 13th of the season. With the home run, he officially set the major-league record for most total bases before May 1. He’s also approaching other MLB records as well, such as most hits, home runs and RBI before the first of May...
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april 2019 by rgl7194
TBLA Saturday morning links: Apr. 27, 2019 - True Blue LA
The Dodgers set a major league record for home games with a home run.
And Bellinger set an MLB record for total bases through April.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Dodgers homer in record 33 straight home games
LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger's one mighty swing of the bat was loaded with historical significance.
Bellinger hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers set a major league record with homers in 33 consecutive home games in a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Bellinger's blast was noteworthy for other reasons, too. He moved into a tie for the major league lead for home runs with the Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich at 13 and set the major league record for total bases in the months of March-April with 88. He also set a Dodgers record for home runs in March-April, moving past Matt Kemp.
With his total-base mark, he moved past former teammate Chase Utley, who had 85 total bases before the start of May in the 2008 season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. Utley now works in baseball operations for the Dodgers.
"It feels pretty cool," Bellinger said about passing Utley's mark.
With home runs in their first 14 home games this season, the Dodgers also matched this year's Milwaukee Brewers and the 1962 New York Mets for most consecutive home games with a home run to open a season.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger continues historic April - True Blue LA
He continues to be the hottest hitter in baseball.
If it seems like it’s getting repetitive... well, it is,
For the millionth time this season, Cody Bellinger is our player of the series. In a series in which the Dodgers dropped two of three, it was tough to find a lot of good. The offense was pretty much non-existent, and the pitching had some bad moments.
Bellinger had a base hit in all three games, finishing the series 4-for-9. He walked twice, scored two runs, and hit another home run, bringing his season total to 12.
His historic April continues, as he’s officially two total bases away from passing Chase Utley for the most total bases before May 1 in baseball history. He’s one home run away from setting the Dodgers record, and he needs 5 hits to break the LA record, held by Rafael Furcal.
Regardless of the outcome of the game, Bellinger is always the bright spot for the team. It looks to be a historic weekend for Bellinger, as he looks to break not only Dodgers April records, but major league baseball records as well.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 4 review: Stellar starting pitching & timely home runs - True Blue LA
Batter of the week
Cody Bellinger takes the crown again this week thanks to another ridiculous week, hitting .421 a pair of home runs and driving in six while getting on base half the time. Bellinger punctuated his week by hitting a game-winning homer on Sunday in the ninth inning, after earlier in the game robbing fellow MVP candidate Christian Yelich of a homer of his own.
This award could have easily gone to Joc Pederson, who slammed four home runs of his own and slugged .870, driving in six.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger is the top performing Dodger vs. Brewers - True Blue LA
His performance against the Brewers gets him named the TBLA Player of the Series
After the Dodgers made a great outing in the four-game set against the Brewers, Cody Bellinger’s performance is the one that shined the brightest.
Bellinger is one of the best hitters in baseball - in the same conversation as guys like Mike Trout and Christian Yelich - and he didn’t slack off in Milwaukee. His most impactful game came on Sunday afternoon, when he stole a home run from Yelich in the 8th and came right back to hit one for himself.
Though he essentially won Sunday’s game for Los Angeles, he was consistently providing the Dodgers with a great performance. In 15 at-bats, he led the team in hits, RBIs and stolen bases.
3 R 6 H 2 HR 5 RBI 1 SB 0.400 AVG .444 OBP .800 SLG 1.244 OPS
Joc Pederson’s performance comes up quite close. Pederson and Bellinger had the same amount of home runs and runs scored, but Bellinger’s stolen homer gave him the edge.
We’ll find out if Bellinger can make his “hot start” into a “hot month” in the upcoming series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
The most feared lineups in baseball
Scariest Lineup the Rest of the Way: Los Angeles Dodgers (6.28 runs per game)
The Dodgers blasted a record eight home runs on Opening Day and scored 29 runs in a three-game sweep at Coors Field, but then they lost six in a row to the Cardinals and Brewers, erasing their air of invincibility. The Dodgers hit 235 home runs last season, third-most in National League history, and the early returns suggest they can break the 2000 Astros' National League record of 249.
Cody Bellinger has been an absolute monster, hitting .433/.513/.925 with nine home runs through 18 games. The scary development for opposing pitchers is Bellinger has more walks than strikeouts and has cut his K rate from 23.9 percent to 11.5 percent. Note that strikeout and walk rates stabilize much earlier than other statistics for hitters, so if Bellinger's strikeout rate is going to take a big dip, that means more balls in player and a higher average than his .260 mark from last year. He was hit in the knee with a pitch Monday and left the game, but X-rays were negative and he should be back in the lineup Wednesday.
Can the Dodgers score six runs per game for an entire season? Unlikely. Since the extreme rabbit-ball season of 1930, the only NL team to do that was the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers, who averaged 6.16 runs per game. Only three other NL teams have averaged 5.75 runs per game -- the aforementioned 2000 Astros and two teams that played in Coors Field. Still, with Max Muncy looking like 2018 wasn't a complete fluke, Joc Pederson locked in, Enrique Hernandez thriving in an everyday role and Austin Barnes hitting well so far, the lineup goes eight deep -- and Corey Seager, Justin Turner and A.J. Pollock haven't even done much yet (just three home runs combined).
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Bellinger launches NL-leading 8th home run
LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger’s bat came alive again for his National League-leading eighth home run of the season during Friday night's 8-5 loss to the Brewers in a rematch of last year's NL Championship Series.
Bellinger, who joined Willie Mays as the only players with seven homers in the first 10 games of the season, had a four-game homer drought in St. Louis, where the Dodgers were swept by the Cardinals.
In his first at-bat on Friday night, he hustled his way on base with an infield single. He has reached base safely in 14 of 15 games and entered the game with the NL’s fourth best on-base percentage at .468.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Bellinger had the greatest offensive impact in the series vs. Giants - True Blue LA
For the second week in a row, Cody Bellinger is the top performer for the Dodgers
Cody Bellinger has continued his hot streak through the Dodgers’ second series of the season.
The boys in blue won two games out of three against the rival San Francisco Giants and Cody Bellinger had a hand in both of their wins.
The first game in the series resulted in a loss due to the bullpen, but Bellinger shined in games two and three.
On Tuesday night, Bellinger hit a grand slam - the first for the team this season. The Dodgers would need every single run Bellinger drove in because they barely edged the Giants that night, winning with a score of 6-5.
Bellinger drove in yet another run in the season finale, helping the Dodgers best San Francisco.
In just 12 at-bats in the series, Bellinger posed some great stats;
2 R 4 H 1 HR 5 RBI .333 AVG
Through seven games, Bellinger leads the team in runs (9), hits (14), home runs (5), RBIs (13) and batting average (.435).
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 1 review: Offense, offense, and more offense (& home runs!) - True Blue LA
Batter of the week
So many candidates here, thanks to the unreal offensive production in the first four game. Joc Pederson takes this one in a close call, thanks to an absurd .467/.619/1.133 line with three home runs. Cody Bellinger was just a hare behind, with a team-best four homers while hitting .500/.524/1.100.
Honorable mention goes to Austin Barnes, who was 5-for-8 with two walks (.700 on-base percentage) and two home runs in his 10 plate appearances. Last year Barnes hit his second home run of the season on Sept. 4, in his 215th PA.
The 18 runs scored by the Dodgers on Saturday night matched their second-highest total at home since moving to Dodger Stadium in 1962. In addition to 18 runs in a win against San Diego in 1977, the club record at Chavez Ravine is 21 runs, scored last Aug. 2 against Milwaukee.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger’s hot start courtesy of improved plate discipline - True Blue LA
Early season fluke or signs of a step forward?
The Dodgers drafted James Loney in the first round of the MLB Draft way back in 2002. He routinely drew comparisons to Mark Grace — a high average, below-average power first baseman. He had a few good seasons for the Dodgers before he was traded in the Nick Punto deal.
Fast forward to 2013 when the Dodgers popped another first baseman — this time in the fourth round of the draft. His name was Cody Bellinger, and the immediate comparison he drew was that of Loney. He was a skinny, defensive-minded first baseman whose power may or may not develop. Well, we all know that power has developed. He smashed 39 home runs in his first season and followed it up with 25 — a disappointment for some.
It is true that his 2018 season was a step back from his 2017 season, but he still posted a 3.6 fWAR (down from 4.0 in his rookie year). Still, his ‘18 left folks wanting more.
Bellinger’s third season, however, is off to a torrid start. Through Monday, he was hitting .435/.490/.978, a 266 wRC+ and an MLB-best (tied with Jay Bruce) seven home runs. Now, let me state the obvious: Bellinger will not keep up that pace. No player could and no player ever has. And while it’s a little too early to really determine what has led to the hot start, there are some signs contained within his plate discipline stats that tell a big part of the story.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Dodgers Week 2 review: Cody Bellinger stays hot and the offense rolls - True Blue LA
Series wins over San Francisco and Colorado keep LA perched atop the NL West
The Dodgers have latched onto a formula that has worked wonders through the first two weeks of the season: score 42 runs, lose only one game. That has the Dodgers at 8-2, tied for the best record in the National League.
Batter of the week: Cody Bellinger continues to run roughshod over the National League, blasting three more home runs while leading the Dodgers during the week in runs, hits, RBI, home runs and extra-base hits. Honorable mention goes to Max Muncy, who hit two home runs of his own while slugging 1.000 and getting on base half the time. Alex Verdugo also made the most of his eight plate appearances, with two home runs and a triple, while Kike Hernandez got on base half the time and slugged .667.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Is Cody Bellinger’s fast start more than just a hot streak? Time will tell – Orange County Register
ST. LOUIS — Cody Bellinger was named the National League Player of the Week for his rampage through the Giants’ and Rockies’ pitching staffs last week.
But this week could go a long way to showing whether Bellinger’s opening salvo was just a hot streak or a sign that he truly has evolved into an elite hitter in his third season.
“I think it’s a hot streak as far as results,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But I do think this is who he is as far as he’s a guy I expect to consistently stay in the strike zone and to take walks. Because what’s going to happen is the league is really going to see how hot he is and they’re going to pitch around him. He’s got to be willing to take those walks and let the guy behind him (hit) – that’s going to be the challenge.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Dodgers' Cody Bellinger Ready to Explode from Sophomore Slump to Potential MVP | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
It's early yet, but it's looking like the best new addition to the 2019 Los Angeles Dodgers is the old Cody Bellinger.
Plenty of fireworks went off as the Dodgers outscored the Arizona Diamondbacks 42-22 to take three out of four to open the season at Dodger Stadium. Yet nobody launched as many as Bellinger, who went off for 10 hits and four home runs.
That's ahead of even Bellinger's pace upon breaking in as a rookie in 2017, when it took him 10 games to get to four homers. He went on to slug another 35 to break Frank Robinson's and Wally Berger's National League rookie record, which helped earn him the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
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april 2019 by rgl7194
Bellinger is the top performer in Dodgers’ opening series - True Blue LA
We’re highlighting a player who made the biggest impact in the series against the D-Backs.
The Los Angeles Dodgers had a lot of top-tier performances in the Opening Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
There was a lot to take in: eight home runs on Opening Day, a 13-inning-long game, 18 runs scored and a comeback win - it was hard to choose just one person to highlight. But alas, it has been decided.
The top performer of the Dodgers’ first series of the season is Cody Bellinger.
Bellinger is having a remarkable start and isn’t showing signs of slowing down. In series No. 1 for the Dodgers, Bellinger leads the team in hits, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases. In 20 at bats, he has some impressive stats.
7 R 10 H 4 HR 8 RBI 1 SB .500 AVG .524 OBP 1.100 SLG 1.724 OPS
Manager Dave Roberts said Bellinger’s success is credited to his preparation.
“Right now with the mechanics and the approach, the mental clarity, the compete - all that stuff he’s doing right now, it doesn’t really matter who’s pitching,” Roberts said. “You just feel when he’s in the box, he’s going to get a hit [or] something good is going to happen.”
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april 2019 by rgl7194
'Cody's gotta be our guy': Bellinger ready for star turn in L.A.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Cody Bellinger got pitched to differently and struggled initially. The month of May was coming to an end, the batting average was down in the low .200s and anxiety began to set in. The swing changes became constant and the answers remained elusive. Along the way -- throughout a season that was superior to most but disappointing for himself -- Bellinger realized he spent most of his life hitting without purpose. The "how" came so easily that the "why" never mattered.
This offseason was about changing that.
It was about getting back to the mechanics that made him the National League Rookie of the Year in 2017, but also about understanding the elements that made all of it work so well.
It was about gaining enough self-awareness, and embedding the fundamentals so deep into his own memory, that the inevitable struggles were no longer prolonged.
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march 2019 by rgl7194
Machado, Bellinger and Puig: The bunt and the bops – Dodger Thoughts
Manny Machado’s shock-the-world, Ahmad Abdul Rahim-style, two-strike bunt to start the second inning of Game 7 of the National League Championship Series was like manna from heaven for the small-ball starved crowd, and as a guy who’s not part of that crowd, I couldn’t have been happier.
It was an exquisite play from a player who throughout the NLCS has remained every bit the confounding conquerer he was when October began, brilliant in conception and execution. No doubt, many people watching used that bunt to double down on how simple the play is. I admired the skill involved.
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october 2018 by rgl7194
2018 NLCS: Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP for Dodgers - True Blue LA
Cody Bellinger came through in the clutch for the Dodgers in the latter part of the NLCS. A game-winning hit in the 13th inning at Dodger Stadium Tuesday and a go-ahead homer in Game 7 helped put the Dodgers back in the World Series for the second straight year.
After the Dodgers took care of the Brewers with a 5-1 win at Miller Park Saturday, Bellinger was named NLCS MVP.
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october 2018 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger of Los Angeles Dodgers named NLCS MVP
With a key two-run home run in the decisive Game 7 against the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the MVP of the National League Championship Series on Saturday.
At age 23 years, 99 days, Bellinger is the youngest position player to win a postseason MVP award, according to ESPN's Stats & Information research. The only other 23-year-old position player to win a postseason MVP was the Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez in 2016, who co-won the NLCS award with Jon Lester; Baez was 23 years, 326 days old at the time.
The Dodgers trailed 1-0 in the second inning before Bellinger hit his home run off Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin. The Dodgers won the game 5-1.
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october 2018 by rgl7194
Dodgers vs. Brewers - Game Recap - October 20, 2018 - ESPN
MILWAUKEE -- Yasiel Puig and Cody Bellinger flexed their muscles. Chris Taylor flashed some leather.
Then the Los Angeles Dodgers got a lift from ace Clayton Kershaw out of the bullpen to finish off the Milwaukee Brewers and return to the World Series.
Puig broke open a tight game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, Taylor robbed Christian Yelich with a super catch and the Dodgers took Game 7 of the NL Championship Series with a 5-1 win on Saturday night.
It's off to Fenway Park for a showdown against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.
Los Angeles hasn't won the World Series since 1988. The Dodgers and Red Sox have met once before in the World Series, back in 1916 with Boston beating Brooklyn behind a big game from pitcher Babe Ruth.
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october 2018 by rgl7194
Dodgers hit seven home runs in a 21-5 blowout win over Brewers - True Blue LA
...It was the fourth time in 2018 that the Dodgers combined for at least five home runs. Only three other teams in Dodger history have achieved that (1954, 2001, 2016), none of which did it five times.
They also made other history:
The @Dodgers have set a Dodger Stadium record with 21 runs so far tonight.
All 3 starting #Dodgers outfielders (Pederson, Bellinger, Puig) have 4+ RBI. The only other OF trio to do that since RBI became official:
Milwaukee Braves on 7/26/1964:
Hank Aaron, Rico Carty, Lee Maye
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) August 3, 2018
Four different Dodgers drove in 4 runs tonight (Pederson, Dozier, and Puig; Bellinger 5) for the first time in at least the last 111 seasons
— Eric Stephen (@ericstephen) August 3, 2018...
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august 2018 by rgl7194
Brewers vs. Dodgers - Game Recap - August 2, 2018 - ESPN
...But this game was all about the Dodgers' offense. The starting outfield of Pederson, Bellinger and Puig each had four RBI. Acording to STATS LLC, the only other time that happened was in 1964, when the Milwaukee Braves' trio of Hank Aaron, Rico Carty and Lee Maye did it...
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august 2018 by rgl7194
Dodgers attempt series sweep over Pirates - True Blue LA
Max Muncy is the second fastest player to reach first 20 home runs as a Dodger
Max Muncy began his 61st game in a Dodger uniform with 18 home runs, when the game ended he had 20 home runs. That is the second fastest any player had hit his first 20 home runs as a Dodger.
Cody Bellinger seemed to set every home run pace record the Dodgers had last year and he set a new MLB record when he hit his 20th (and 21st) home run in his 51st career game.
Eric Stephen wrote about Bellinger’s record pace in this article that also mentioned the previous Dodger rookie record to record 20 career home runs was 91 games by Frank Howard
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july 2018 by rgl7194
Cody Bellinger appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live, says teammate didn’t know about no-hitter - True Blue LA
It would be hard to believe that a major league baseball player would be unaware that his team tossed a no-hitter while he was sitting in the dugout. But that’s what Cody Bellinger says happened with one of his Dodgers’ teammates Friday in Mexico.
Bellinger appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night and revealed one of the Dodgers didn’t know that the team had combined for the franchises 23rd no-hitter until the team was walking to the locker room — although he wouldn’t spill the beans on who it was.
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may 2018 by rgl7194
2018 Topps Series 1 baseball cards review - True Blue LA
The latest edition of Topps baseball cards were shipped to stores this week, with the 350-card 2018 Series 1 set marking the 68th year of the franchise.
Included in this set — the first half for 2018 — are 17 Dodgers cards. Thirteen of those are standard player cards, including Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Yasiel Puig as well as rookie cards for both Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo.
Four other cards are league leader cards, two featuring Kershaw and one each for Bellinger and Justin Turner.
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february 2018 by rgl7194
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