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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Held Out of Starting Lineup Against Diamondbacks



Amid a 1-14 slump, and with only 5 hits in 31 at-bats this season, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opted to give reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger Saturday night off in Phoenix. Earlier on Saturday, Doc explained his reasoning why.

So yes, Belli is fine. Today is more of a mental reset for the 25-year-old. Additionally, Roberts said that he wanted to get Matt Beaty — who has only 3 plate appearances in the first 8 games of the season — in the lineup.

After Friday night’s game, Roberts was asked his thoughts on Bellinger, saying he felt the game was speeding up on the outfielder. Today, he expanded.

For [Cody], I think it’s a matter of getting his mechanics synced up. I don’t think he looks completely comfortable and he’s still trying to figure some things out.

Moreover, Roberts feels that Bellinger is a victim of bad luck with “some calls not going his way.” Of course, there’s also the matter of those setup and stance changes he made early in summer camp While he tinkered with several stances and timing mechanisms, he mostly reverted back to his 2019 stance by opening day. Doc shared thoughts on that process.

I think in the initial summer camp, it was a little bit more drastic and over the last five to seven days he’s trying to go back to what he did last year. While it looks similar optically, the production just doesn’t happen quite that easy.

The fact that Cody came out of the gates cold compounded with the shortened 60 game season, the slump gets magnified that much more. As they say, it’s still early.

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Written by Clint Pasillas

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    • He should be angry at himself for botching his swing and mechanics this offseason. We can’t have a guy batting .100 in the middle of the order. They should ride Rios out until he slumps

    • Genius, there is a pandemic going on in case you haven’t word. There is a limit as to how many players are allowed in the dugout. Players all over baseball have been sitting in the stands when not playing. Betts and Turner both sat in the stands later on after being removed from the game.

    • Genius, In case you haven’t heard there is a pandemic going on. Since there is a limit to how many people are allowed in the dugout, guys who are not playing have been sitting in the stands. Betts and Turner both sat in the stands later on after being removed from the game. Bellinger sitting in the stands has nothing to do with your dislike for a successful big-league manager. It’s about common sense and following the rules. If more Americans did this, then maybe our country wouldn’t be the #1 coronavirus hotspot in the world.

    • Seager is outhitting everyone, with power. He should be bumped up into the heart of the batting order. Bellinger should be bumped down until he starts hitting again. A lot of people thought Seager was expendable after the TJ surgery. I never thought that way. I continue to believe that he could at least contend for MVP awards, and possibly win one. He has a great swing and can go the other way better than just about anyone. He is the opposite of the dead pull hitters looking to yank home runs in this live ball era. He leads the Dodgers in home runs because he isn’t trying to hit them. He’s just making great contact with a great swing. Bellinger is trying to yank home runs and making poor contact.

  1. And we scored 11 look at that. I prefer these true hitters we have on the bench waiting for a chance

    • Seager is outhitting everyone, with power. He should be bumped up into the heart of the batting order. Bellinger should be bumped down until he starts hitting again. A lot of people thought Seager was expendable after the TJ surgery. I never thought that way. I continue to believe that he could at least contend for MVP awards, and possibly win one. He has a great swing and can go the other way better than just about anyone. He is the opposite of the dead pull hitters looking to yank home runs in this live ball era. He leads the Dodgers in home runs because he isn’t trying to hit them. He’s just making great contact with a great swing. Bellinger is trying to yank home runs and making poor contact.

  2. I understood that if you weren’t playing you sat in the stands. Betts and Turner sat up there, when they were removed. It’s not that he was pissed but even if he was he can only blame himself. I’m glad Roberts made some changes, the fans need to see something different, something that works. There are still some guys that need to get things figured out and that includes Bellinger.

  3. The reason why Cody “Boom” Bellinger (35) swing is in a slump Is due to his big swing in every pitch he needs to shorten up his swing so he can see the ball and square it up once he starts making contact with the ball and putting in play he will get his groove back.

  4. yes, Beli needed to sit a game. and he needs to be dropped down in the lineup to 6 or 7, until he regains form. to me, I see Beli dropping his hands and not setting them in the “load” position like Seager does (and he used to). I guess it is due to Beli making too many changes that take away his focus on his hands. every golfer knows to NOT make more than 1 correction at a time.

  5. Cody has an issue dropping his head over a foot from the time he starts his swing until he makes contact! I have been watching for 2 years to see why he suddenly goes slumping and then comes back-this is his problem. Whenever he is hot he only drops a few inches and when slumping it is a foot or more. There is no way the brain can process all that additional info. Watch anyone that hits a hr and their head never drops more than a couple of inches or might not drop at all. Cody has the prettiest swing out there and he just needs solid contact. Cody needs to widen his stance or find a way not to drop soooo much.

  6. Ok either way morons,you don’t sit your gold gloves cause they’re in a slump,cause their defense doesn’t go into slumps!THAT’S RIGHT,TODAY HE RANNED DOWN A DEEP FLY BALL THAT POLLOCK NEVER EVEN GETS CLOSE TO IT.YESTERDAY BOTH RUNS SCOREDCAUSE CODY,WASN’T PLAYING OTHERWISE THOSE RUNNERS STAY AT THIRD CAUSE EVERYBODY KNOWS CODY HAS A STRONG AND ACCURATE ARM.BUT HAVING STUPID ROBERTS WHO NEVER GETS A CLUE ABOUT BEING A REAL MANAGER.WE HAVE THE BEST TEAM BY A LOT BUT WE ALSO HAVE STUPID ROBERTS! AND THAT’S A HUGE HANDICAP!

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