Cody Bellinger launched a ball off of Kirby Yates on Monday that would’ve made Edwin Rios jealous. Although a majestic shot into right, it was not enough to fuel a comeback win for the Dodgers as they fell to San Diego.
Fortunately, Bellinger’s blast was one of the positive things for fans to take away from the game. The Dodgers outfielder has struggled for most of the year at the plate, but his hoemrun left fans with a good feeling. Especially considering that Bellinger has now homered in back-to-back games.
Fans were beginning to wonder why Cody had worked on a new swing in 2020 given his results last year. Hitting .139 through his first 8 games only amplified that frustration from fans. But as it turns out, Bellinger has already gone back to his 2019 approach. He talked about it with Dodgers’ media after the game in Arizona on Sunday.
I’ve been back to last year’s for a while now. It’s just a matter of getting timing down. Obviously it’s go time. I’m not too worried about it. I felt really good the past two days and hopefully I can keep it rolling.
For Cody, getting his timing back down is what is most important for the moment. The results will come, but the mechanics have to be there first.
I haven’t really felt bad. It’s just a matter of missing pitches. It’s just something that small, and that’s the game. There’s always going to be issues you’ve got to fix. It’s not trying to be too results-based but knowing when you feel good and when you don’t feel good, and going from there.
In order for the Dodgers to be successful in 2020, they are going to need Bellinger’s bat back. The offense has struggled in pretty big situations to get going, and Bellinger has really struggled with runners in scoring position. At his best, he hit close to .300 with runners is scoring position.