It’s safe to say that Cody Bellinger has not yet found his rhythm at the plate. The Dodgers outfielder made his return from the injured list this week and has yet to lock in. In fact, he looks pretty lost at the dish right now.
Through his first 3 games since his return, Bellinger has gone 0-for-10 with 7 strikeouts. He’s getting beat up in the zone and also reverting to his younger form when he would get beat by the backfoot slider. Overall, the Dodgers are not getting much from him at the moment.
But the good news is that it’s only been a few days since he’s been back. Bellinger is going to need some time to find that success in the batter’s box, and the Dodgers are going to give it to him. Bellinger is out of the lineup on Tuesday afternoon against right-handed pitcher John Gant.
I just felt that in talking to the training staff and just managing him, I really wanted to get Albert in there. So there wasn’t an opportunity to play first base. And Cody is all-in on taking today after playing 3 in a row.
The Dodgers are set to face another right-handed pitcher in Carlos Martinez on Wednesday night in LA. That’s a tough matchup for Bellinger as well since Martinez has a great fastball and a really effective slider that he pairs with it.
It’s going to take some time for Bellinger to get going. That comes with the territory of missing almost 50 games in a season. But the Dodgers are stacked with talent all over the lineup, and that gives him a little more time to figure things out.