Cody Bellinger had an absolutely amazing 2019 season that ended up with him winning the National League Most Valuable Player Award. One of the reasons for the MVP award was his 47 home runs which exceeded his career high by 8. After Bellinger’s monster bomb against the A’s a few days ago, we asked you all a question:
Does Belli eclipse 40 homers this season? https://t.co/qwPIUI6O0R
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 6, 2020
Some Not-So-Positive Responses
I don't think so, but I'm totally cool with eating that humble pie.
— Tavi (@szn_baseball) March 6, 2020
He’s going strike out a lot this year .
— 1lve (@alfonso126) March 6, 2020
This is quite possible. His strikeout totals over his 3-year career are 146 in his rookie season, 151 in his 2018 “sophomore slump,” and only 108 in 2019. The good news is that the low of 108 Ks came in the same season he hit his career-high in home runs.
Below is a bit of a counter opinion. He could be going for a higher batting average which would mean more contact but less home runs. His batting average in 2019 was .305 and he did increase his contact rates a lot. Personally, I cannot believe he only struck out 108 times in 2019 with that full effort swing.
34 HRs- he’s looking to hit for average so I don’t think it will be his sole focus and that’s totally fine
— Daniel Foley – Go VGK, Lakers, Dodgers and Utes (@dfoleyusa) March 6, 2020
What About The Ball?
Depends if any changes were made to the ball. If he can hit them more on line drive trajectory then yes. But his golf shot this week might not make it out at Dodger stadium.
— Just Jerry! (@Jerryco41665252) March 6, 2020
Another good question about what kind of baseball will they have in 2020? Will they have the juiced ball again? Bellinger usually doesn’t get cheated on his home runs but a ball that doesn’t fly out in 2020 as much as 2019, will impact his totals.
About Those Playoff Numbers
Does he hit his weight in the playoffs is a more pressing concern.
— Eric Bourgeois (@EricWBourgeois) March 6, 2020
You won’t get an argument for me about Cody Bellinger hitting better in the playoffs. I am very optimistic about his playoff performance, especially since he doesn’t even turn 25 until July. I prefer the optimism below.
— SoCal Librarian (@socal_librarian) March 6, 2020
Yes And Turner hits 30
— Steve Orange County fan of L.A. DODGERS for life (@Steve66820808) March 6, 2020
If Bellinger hits more than 40 home runs and Justin Turner hits 30 that will mean a ton of good things for the Dodgers.
Good health is always the neutralizer.. With good health, YES he passes 40 (maybe 50) Another notch closer to Trout as the games best player.. #IBleedBlue
— BOBBY (@TheBobbyLama) March 6, 2020
I do consider Bellinger to be one of the top 3-5 players in baseball right now and I agree that he could be on his way to being the best player in baseball. His athleticism alone makes him very special as his defense is a huge difference maker. If he can keep his strikeout totals under control, like he did in 2019, he will continue to get even better at the plate.
The Right Answer
— Tim Rogers *??- SDDODGER (@SDDodger) March 6, 2020
What do you think? Will Cody break the 40 HR mark for the second season in a row? Let us know in the comments below.