If you break the Major League Baseball season down into six-game segments, there are 27 of them. With that said, the Dodgers are 1/27th through the season. Moreover, it’s hard to argue in that (short) time period there is a more dominant offensive presence in the game than Cody Bellinger.
Of course – while the guy is off to the best start of his career – I’m going to savor it. I’m going to write about it every chance I can! Therefore, let’s take a look at the eye-popping stats.
Bellinger has hit six home runs, drove in 12; he’s batting .429 with an OPS of 1.412 and has stolen a bag for good measure. While he probably suffers through a tough stretch or two, it’s hard to argue that 2019 Bellinger is a whole new animal.
Bill Plunkett of the OC Register took a look at the torrid start following Tuesday night’s contest when Bellinger hit a grand slam off Madison Bumgarner in a 6-5 win.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 3, 2019
Plunkett spoke with Bellinger about what’s different from 2018 to the present.
“I think I just got away from my plan,” Bellinger said. “When that happens, when your plan and your approach aren’t there, the results probably won’t be there.”
Bellinger went to work this offseason, watching video of the good and bad of his first two seasons with hitting coaches Robert Van Scoyoc and Brant Brown. Becoming more advanced in the mental side of the game has been “a huge part” of his hot start, Bellinger said.
Equally important, Dodgers hitting strategist Brant Brown told us about the offseason work Bellinger was putting in. Furthermore, he said don’t be surprised to see a return of ‘2017 Bellinger’. Thus far, Brown has been correct.
Bellinger is simply happy to be more consistent. Indeed, he’s recorded a hit in all six Dodgers games so far.
“I think it’s just the consistency factor that the coaches have helped me with and that I’m learning,” he said. “Just learning, watching video, understanding what I’m good at, what I’m not good at. That was more offseason work. During the season, you just grind. It’s a cat-and-mouse game and you do what you can to beat the pitcher that day.”
Right now, it certainly feels like the sky is the limit for Cody Bellinger. So, allow yourself to dream. And make sure you’re enjoying the Dodgers having one of the most scintillating forces in the game in April of 2019.
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