This has not been the year that anyone expected for Cody Bellinger. The Dodgers knew that it would be a challenge to get him back to 100 percent following offseason shoulder surgery, but no one could have predicted this.
And although he is making much-needed adjustments to his swing and approach, time is running out for Bellinger to figure things out. But the Dodgers need him to get the bat going heading into the final stretch of the season.
A recent article from CBS suggested that Bellinger might be under more pressure than any other player in MLB heading into the last 2 weeks of play. And Dodgers fans might agree with that given the state of the lineup.
Bellinger is not only fighting for an opportunity to be a part of the Dodgers postseason plans, but he’s also fighting for money beyond this year. Los Angeles almost certainly would not consider non-tendering him, but the former NL MVP is obviously looking for a big payday in the near future.
Slashing .081/.190/.135 in the final month of the season isn’t going to help his cause. So yes, Bellinger does have a ton of pressure on him for the last few weeks of the year. The Dodgers will absolutely pivot to a better outfield alignment with guys who are producing if he can’t find his groove.
That would include guys like Chris Taylor, AJ Pollock, and even Gavin Lux. The Dodgers also have Matt Beaty waiting to get his chance should the need arise, and even Zach McKinstry or Billy McKinney should the need arise.
Time is running out, but it’s never too late to catch fire.