You know it. I know it. Cody knows it… Bellinger’s followup to his MVP season has not gone according to plan, at least for the first third of the season. The Dodgers’ slugger had a .165/.224/.266 slash line with only 4 extra base hits through the first 20 games of 2020.
Then he broke out in Anaheim.
Two homers on the night.
Looks like Belli is heating up. ? pic.twitter.com/XBc0UeFAhE
— MLB (@MLB) August 15, 2020
On Friday night after a particularly frustrating game the night before at Dodger Stadium, his bad luck finally turned around. SportsNet LA’s Alanna Rizzo asked Cody about the size of the monkey on his back as he’s struggled through the worst stretch of his career.
I couldn’t tell you the size of the monkey — I say decent-sized monkey. … It was just more frustrating, but I’ve been feeling good. Just trusting the process and sticking with it. … Been working with [the hitting coaches] trying to fine-tune some things. It’s been a grind but it’s been fun.
As the Dodgers begin their middle third of the season, getting Bellinger back to where he can be would be an incredible boost to one of the already top offenses in baseball. LA leads MLB in home runs (38), runs scored (114), and run differential (+54). And they’re doing that without a productive Cody.
While his average batted ball exit velocity is sitting at a career-low 87.7 on the season, over the last week or so, the weak flyouts and pop ups have turned into loud outs right at defenders. So baseball beware if Cody can join Mookie Betts and Corey Seager in the offensive attack.