This season has not at all been what Cody Bellinger had hoped for. It started with offseason shoulder surgery and he followed that up by suffering a broken bone in his leg in just the second series of the year. Add in a hamstring injury that has hampered him in the lineup, and it’s understandable why the Dodgers haven’t gotten much production out of him.
So when he stepped up with a big homerun on Saturday night, you could see the relief on his face in the dugout. Bellinger tied the game for the Dodgers in the 7th inning with an absolute blast that landed beyond the visitor’s bullpen.
After the game, Dave Roberts talked about Bellinger and what he has gone through this season. The Dodgers manager also said that he thought coming through in a big moment like that could help him break through.
I can’t say enough about Cody’s work. I think we live in a world of results, but behind the curtain, he’s grinding and working really hard at his craft. To get a result like that with a big hit certainly was a weight off of his shoulders I think, and we needed it. It can absolutely kind of get some other good things in motion.
Bellinger was slashing .171/.269/.293 with 5 homeruns coming into Saturday night’s game. His .562 OPS is also by far the worst mark that he has put up in his career with the Dodgers. If this was the moment that helped him break through, it couldn’t come at a better time.
Roberts had said this week that Bellinger would be relegated to a platoon role moving forward and that he would get starts against right-handed pitching. That might be just the motivation that he needs to get things going in the right direction.
And if we can get anything close to what Bellinger can normally put up per season, the Dodgers are going to be flooded with talent.