The saga of a struggling Cody Bellinger is entering its third full week of the Dodgers’ new season. Understandably, this was hardly the follow up in mind for the reigning NL MVP who has been tooling with his swing since the early goings of summer camp.
On Wednesday, Dave Roberts seemed to hit something of a boiling point in being asked about the struggles of LA batters through 18 games. However, he focused some time specifically on Cody.
On Cody Bellinger's struggles, earlier today Dave Roberts said that there are "many pitches that he's not getting to this year that he should."
Still he feels his MVP will get out of this early season slump.
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) August 13, 2020
Here’s more from Dave.
When he’s right mechanically… there’s many pitches that he’s not getting to this year that he should — and that he has, and that he will. When you’re not mechanically right, you miss pitches and then they start to expand, and then at times you chase. … but Cody’s working every day and I have no doubt that he’ll get out of it.
It seems like by midstream of thought, Roberts identified that he was being a little more critical than fans are used to seeing him be. From that point, he transitioned to more of a general philosophy in terms of pitchers’ approaches to struggling batters. Still, friend of the show Bill Plunkett wasn’t going to walk away from the greater story on Cody’s 2020 issues, so he asked, “has he been right at any point this season?” Dave reluctantly answered.
Well… you know… he’s… No, I don’t think — he’s getting there, but I don’t think that he’s felt locked in. I think he’s seeing the ball considerably better. I think at times he feels really good about where his swing is at and at times he doesn’t. It’s a work in progress right now.
The overall feel of the response gives a vibe of a team searching for answers for their star slugger.
In fact, Bellinger has addressed his struggles at different times, but those responses have felt premature. Before the first game of the season, he admitted that he shut down his Twitter account after all the blowback surrounding his swing/stance changes in summer camp. Later, after a much needed day on the bench in Arizona, he connected on home runs in back to back games and declared himself back to normal. Since that time he’s batted under .180 and has grounded into 3 double plays.
All in all, he’s a guy who’s searching and struggling. Hopefully, like Doc said, he can get there.
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