It’s no secret that Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger has struggled with reverting back the MVP caliber player that fans became so enamored with a couple years ago.
The 26-year-old slugger is hitting below .200 with just 9 home runs and 32 RBI’s in 265 plate appearances this season. His slump, which is reflected by the inconsistency, low batting average, and strikeouts at the plate are all indicative of the peaks and valleys of Major League Baseball.
Manager Dave Roberts, who was present during one of the peaks for Bellinger’s young career, said it’s a matter of turning the page, rather than dwelling on his past struggles.
“I think the number one thing is a reset as far as where we’re at in September and make this his season,” Roberts said. “I think that when you try to chase numbers to salvage a season statistically, that can be hard and a toll.
Roberts confirmed that the former NL Rookie of the Year is working “tirelessly” to get back to a similar level of productivity and restated that Bellinger putting his best foot forward will ultimately be key in his contributions to the team.
The Dodgers skipper alluded to the huge catch that Bellinger made in center field during the series opener against the San Francisco Giants on Friday.
“Even last night, we’re probably down a couple more runs if he doesn’t make that play in center field in the early part of the game,” Roberts said. “So just doing whatever he (Bellinger) can to help us win a ballgame.”
Bellinger will sit in game two of the series against San Francisco but can be expected to contribute again at some point during a pivotal month of September for the Dodgers.