At this point in the season, I have about 200 emails in my inbox suggesting ways that Cody Bellinger could fix his swing. And while I love the passion that Dodgers fans have for their players to be better, it really is just a mystery as to how he got to this point.
Bellinger is mired in the middle of an 0-for-24 skid and has not tallied a hit since August 31st. That adds to a season that is currently seeing him slash .158/.232/.292 and put up a -1.7 bWAR so far. He’s terrible right now, and that’s putting it nicely.
But we all know that the talent is there. Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts certainly knows that the 2019 NL MVP has it in him to produce at an elite level. But Doc doesn’t plan on letting him fight through it anymore.
Gavin is in there [Friday]. I’m going to give Cody a few days just to kind of work through some things. So, whether I decide to go Gavin back in there, we’ll see. Right now, I do know that Cody won’t be in there [on Saturday].
The Dodgers faced a right-handed pitcher on Friday night in Joe Musgrove, but Cody was not in the lineup. Instead, they called up Gavin Lux to make a start in the outfield and shifted Chris Taylor out to center. It was the first real time we’ve seen Doc sit Bellinger with purpose.
The good news is that baseball is often about streaks and riding the hot hand. September is a long month, and Bellinger could find himself in a rhythm that carries him deep into October. Will this rest be exactly what he needs? Only time will tell.