Cody Bellinger has not set the world on fireplace up to now in 2021. The 2019 NL MVP has missed important time due to injury and has but to his stride this season.
The first downside? Bellinger hasn’t been capable of make constant contact on the plate. As soon as once more, he’s struggled with pitches on the interior third. He’s hitting properly beneath .100 on pitchers excessive and inside and low and inside. One must credit score the 2017 Houston Astros with exposing Bellinger in these particular zones. In complete, Bellinger owns a .187 batting common and a meager .604 OPS by Thursday.
Bellinger By the Numbers
Even when Bellinger has made contact, he’s not driving the ball. In line with Statcast, he has the bottom exhausting hit % of his profession (34.2%) and the second-lowest common exit velocity (89.6 MPH). Of his 20 hits by Thursday, solely 5 have been for additional bases.
The silver lining? It’s a small pattern measurement.
Together with Friday’s recreation towards the Diamondbacks, Bellinger has appeared in simply 32 video games for the Dodgers. That complete is the equal of a chilly March and April. Loads of high-caliber gamers have had a tricky begin to the season. The distinction for Bellinger is that it’s July, not April.
There’s no doubting Bellinger’s immense talent. When he’s making constant contact, he’s hitting .305 and successful an MVP. When his inherently lengthy swing will get even longer, he’s beneath unusual on the plate.
That being mentioned, his .243 BABIP reveals that the 25-year-old has been lower than fortunate when placing the ball in play.
The small pattern measurement, dangerous luck, and expertise degree all present causes for optimism that he can flip it round this season.
Contemplating the Dodgers’ sudden starting pitching shortage, the offense must choose up the slack.
Bellinger will must be entrance and middle.