There are very few among us who expected to see this out of Cody Bellinger at this point. With the horrendous Spring Training that he had right after a terrible 2021 season, Dodgers fans were ready to write him off in this lineup. But instead, Cody is flourishing with the bat.
Across his first 12 games of the season, Bellinger is hitting .279 and has posted an OPS of .889, all while striking out 15 times. And while that may seem like a lot, it’s much better than he was doing in Spring Training and it has slightly improved as the Dodgers season has progressed.
Bellinger is third on the team right now with 12 hits, just behind Freddie Freeman and Trea Turner. He has also stolen the most bases on the team, even with a lineup featuring Turner and Mookie Betts. So while other key Dodgers players struggle, Bellinger is very much picking up the slack.
The biggest difference? He just looks confident in the box. And why wouldn’t you be with his average exit velocity climbing since the first series of the year? When he’s right, Cody hits the ball very hard, and that’s what the Dodgers are seeing more and more of. The numbers aren’t quite there yet, but he really looks to be finding his groove.
Bellinger has six multi-hit games this season, the most of any Dodgers player. Any game that he gets one hit, he has followed it up with another. And while the hitless games aren’t great, he already looks way better than last year,.
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