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Dodgers: Cody Bellinger Out of Saturday Lineup

The slugger gets a much needed game off, at least to start the day.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 15: Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Cody Bellinger (35) rflips his bat after hitting a home run in the seventh inning during the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies on July 15, 2019 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

When looking at Saturday’s Dodgers lineup in Arizona, there’s one notable name missing. Yes, All-Star slugger Cody Bellinger is not in the lineup for game 3 of 4 vs the Diamondbacks. His manager explained why.

Just trying to manage his workload.

Bill Plunkett of the OC Register reports as much.

Bellinger has started 23 straight games, and appeared in 132 games this season. Moreover, the fact that Dave Roberts would pick a day off for the slugger in his home town seems a bit odd. Nevertheless, it’s likely a good call. Cody has scuffled a bit in the month of August coming into play on the 31st with a .227 average in 27 games.

His OPS (.897) still shows that he’s getting the job done, and his bWAR stands at 8 on the season, but the 24 year old can really only benefit from getting a day off ahead of the September stretch run.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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  1. Cody who? If the season was the 1st 85 games of 2019, Cody gets the MVP. But since the all star break, Cody has gone in hiding. Lots of strikeouts and leaving runners in scoring position.

  2. Bellinger’s slump is emblematic of the whole club’s performance in August. Ryu on the ropes, Maeda iffy, Jansen just bad and way too many errors and bad AB’s. Where these guys used to work the count’s and walk if needed it seems they all have embraced the 2018 approach of swing away if its even close to the plate and the number of un-hits is climbing.

    Hopefully a few (at least) of these problems get’s turned around. Otherwise a Division championship followed by a first round collapse will get the hot stove league started early.

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