The Dodgers are very much looking for Cody Bellinger to unlock something. After a terrible 2021 regular season, he came to life during the playoffs and reminded everyone what he can do. That resulted in 12 hits across three different series before Los Angeles fell in the championship series.
But those struggles from 2021 are very much carrying over to this Spring. Cody has struck out 14 times in just 19 at-bats so far during camp, with 4 of those coming on Saturday night against the Royals. He looks to be very uncomfortable, and it’s showing in his results. Bellinger has just 3 singles in 19 at-bats so far.
After the game on Saturday night, Bellinger spoke about the results and how he has done so far this Spring. The Dodgers outfielder also joked about getting his strikeouts out of the way early, a joke that didn’t really land with fans on Twitter.
“I’m not focused on the results at all. I’m just getting my ‘punchies’ out of the way in March, so they don’t happen in the season. It’s pretty smart if you think about it that way.”
Bellinger struck out in nearly 27 percent of his plate appearances during the 2021 season, one of the worst marks in the league. On top of that, his chase rate was up and his whiff percentage was also one of the worst in baseball. All of that led to the Dodgers outfielder posting a negative WAR during the 2021 campaign.
But when he’s on, Cody Bellinger is very much on. And the Dodgers are going to need him to be better this season. They don’t need 2019 NL MVP winning Belli, but they do very much need some sort of production from him as soon as possible.
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