One thing that troubled me in 2018 was the platooning of Cody Bellinger. Even though I understand sitting him against some tough lefties – there were nights that Bellinger wasn’t in the lineup last season that baffled me. Moreover, it led to a lot of late-inning swaps when Bellinger was in the middle of a good stretch. It seemed to hamper his numbers.
Now, Bellinger tells Pedro Moura of The Athletic that he wants to be out there every single day. Like only Cody Bellinger can do, there were some great quotes.
Cody Bellinger felt “shitty” for much of it, but after 2018 he realized he played better than he thought. “I should be in the lineup every single day,” he said. “I don’t think there’s a question about that.” He plans to share that feeling with the Dodgers. https://t.co/OYu3wWjx3r
— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) February 15, 2019
It’s good to hear Bellinger talk this way.
I should be in the lineup every single day,” Bellinger told The Athletic. “I don’t think there’s a question about that. Even when I’m not good, I’m still really good.”
Bellinger is right to a degree. He was incredibly productive last season. Although he appeared in all 162 games, many were in part-time duty. Still, he posted a 4.2 bWAR season for the second straight year.
Bellinger sounds set on doing whatever it takes to be penciled in the lineup on an everyday basis.
“I love center field. I love first,” he said. “I will play right. I will do that. Getting in the lineup is important. Because if I play consistently, whether it’s left field, center, right, first base, I know for a fact I would win a Gold Glove anywhere. And they know I’m a Gold Glove anywhere I go. I just need to be in the lineup every day.”
Within the article, we learn that Bellinger has been at Camelback Ranch for some time (early), working on his craft.
Rookie Year Bellinger Makes A Return?
Moreover, he addressed the weight he put on a year ago to bulk up. Now, he admits that may have been to his detriment.
“I thought that was important to people,” Bellinger said this week. “At the end of the day, it’s really not.”
Bellinger sounds confident at the current time. In our exclusive interview with Dodgers hitting strategist Brant Brown, he stated that rookie year Bellinger could be making a return in 2019.
And let’s be honest: nothing brings about a better time than Bellinger hitting bombs into the Los Angeles night. Nothing. Furthermore – if he’s doing that at a solid clip – he’s going to be in the lineup each night like he desires.Jim Bowden: Dodgers Are Missing a Bat, Need Harper