Dodgers fans will take any minor adjustment from Cody Bellinger at this point. All across th internet, fans have chimed in on what they believe the problem is with the former NL MVP winner. Some suggestions make sense, like getting his timing and his step down. And some are a little more odd, like suggesting he cut his hair.
But at the end of the day, we all just wanted the best version of Cody Bellinger that we can get. The Dodgers obviously want that too as they continue to work with him on his swing. On Saturday evening against the Padres, Cody debuted a new look.
Bellinger stepped into the box looking a little more compact and with his bat more upright. The results weren’t necessarily there, but he looked good in his overall approach. Dave Roberts spoke after the game about how the swing changed and what he expects.
Just to kind of simplify and make it more efficient, and this is something that he just started with the hitting guys yesterday. So I think it was a good step in the right direction. I thought his at-bat quality was good, even the fielder choice to leg out the play to extend the inning was huge.
Bellinger needed to change something in the middle of an awful hitless streak. And on Sunday, we saw signs of life with the adjusted swing as he had a double and a walk. That’s really all the Dodgers can ask for right now.
Chances are that a few minor changes aren’t going to unlock an MVP-level swing for Bellinger. But if the Dodgers can get even a sliver of the production he is capable of, they’re going to be in a good spot heading into October.