It’s not often that the Dodgers have a glaring hole in their lineup. In the past, the only real hole has been when they rest a player or need to get Will Smith a day off of his feet. This year, it’s a former NL MVP winner that is the obvious hole.
Cody Bellinger has had to battle through a lot of different injuries this year. Offseason shoulder surgery was followed up by an immediate break to his leg in the second series of the year. The Dodgers superstar also dealt with a hamstring injury that also sidelined him for a period of time.
Despite that, Mookie Betts isn’t ready to give up on him this year. The Dodgers outfielder spoke this week(via the LA Times) about his teammate and what he has had to endure since the end of the 2020 season.
He’ll be all right. It is what it is. He went through an injury that takes time to heal and then he got hurt again with his foot.
But the time might have already run out for Cody. Before AJ Pollock’s injury, Dave Roberts already said that the Dodgers would only use him against right-handed starters. Even that seems like too much with the stat line that Belli is putting up.
Across 79 games in 2021, Bellinger is slashing .165/.240/.304 and has put up a negative 1.5 bWAR. His 48 OPS+ is by FAR the worst mark of his career and he’s striking out in close to 30 percent of his appearances. It’s rough.
The Dodgers need him to figure things out this month, and they need it to happen very quickly.