The Dodgers will finish up their series against the Rockies this afternoon in Los Angeles looking to take a series win. They’ll send out rookie Josiah Gray to make his first big league start going up against Colorado’s Jon Gray.
But the Dodgers will likely have to get the job done again without some key pieces. Max Muncy will remain out as he stays with his family in Phoenix after his wife gave birth to their first child. Mookie Betts is working his way back from a hip injury that has limited him the entire week.
And to top it all off, there is not a 100 percent Cody Bellinger will be in the Dodgers lineup. Dave Roberts seemed optimistic before Saturday night’s game when Cody had not taken swings in the cage yet. He hinted first base might be an option to cut down on running.
To eliminate some of the running might be beneficial. But we want to make sure also that the swing isn’t affected by it or the swing doesn’t affect the hamstring.
After the Dodgers win, Doc’s tone changed a little bit. It went from a strong possibility to more of a general hope that Bellinger would be back in the lineup at first base.
There’s a chance — depending on how Cody feels — for him to play first base tomorrow. I’m hoping that that’s the case.
All that really matters is that Bellinger is back in the Dodgers lineup. Despite not having a ton of success this year, he’s always a threat to break out at any time. He’s also no slouch at first base, the position he came up to the big leagues playing.
Bellinger has not played an inning at first base this year, but he played over 1500 innings there in his first 2 years in the big leagues. He also played Gold Glove-caliber defense when he was there, much like he does in the outfield.