The Dodgers have quite the hot streak on their hands in the form of Cody Bellinger. The 23-year-old outfielder already set the record for total bases before May. He did that by earning himself 96 with one game left in the month. Last night in San Francisco, he broke yet another record on a base hit off of Tony Watson.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) April 30, 2019
That’s right folks, Cody Bellinger is now the only person in Major League history to possess 37 RBI’s before May. This pace would easily make him a 100+ RBI guy, a mark that has not been reached by a Dodgers player since 2014 when Adrian Gonzalez reached 116. The All-time Dodgers’ record for RBI’s was set by Tommy Davis in 1962 when he knocked in a ridiculous 153 runs. Bellinger is on pace to knock in close to 200, but that number is a little difficult to imagine him reaching.
Of course, the whole “offensive numbers before May” things doesn’t mean much considering how much scheduling has changed over the last few years. But still, it’s exciting to see this kind of production from a key piece in Los Angeles’ lineup.
MLB history prior to 2019:
2 players with 14 HR before May 1 — 2006 Albert Pujols and 2007 Alex Rodriguez
2019 MLB season:
2 players with 14 HR before May 1 — Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) April 28, 2019
Bellinger is slashing .434/.508/.906 to go along with his MLB best 14 home runs. He also has 46 hits and we’re still only a month into the season. It’s unreasonable to think that Bellinger could keep this pace up, but if he can come close to that number, the Dodgers should see plenty of success.
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