It’s been a long season for Cody Bellinger, especially at the plate offensively. After having shoulder surgery in the offseason, the former MVP just hasn’t looked 100% when swinging the bat, and it’s cost this team on many occasions.
His struggles led to many questions about his role on the postseason roster, but it’s safe to say that Cody has quieted those questions since the start of the playoffs. After batting just .165 all season long, no one would have been surprised if the same trend continued into October. Instead, however, he has done everything possible to give this team a boost when it needs it the most.
Cody Bellinger 2021 Postseason Stats
- .308 BA (4 for 13)
- 1 Double
- 2 RBI
- 2 Walks
- 2 Stolen Bases
All together, Cody is getting on base in 40% of his at-bats, which has helped create traffic and multiple scoring opportunities for this Dodgers team (although cashing them in consistently is a different story).
It’s no secret that the Dodgers are a better team when Bellinger is doing well, but Dave Roberts broke down how his play has helped spark this offense during the playoffs so far.
It just adds that different dynamic, obviously. [It adds] length to the lineup, on the bases when he gets on there. Obviously the crowd feels it. His teammates, they want success for him and they feed off of that energy.
It’s a small sample size, so it’s definitely important to take all of this with a grain of salt. Still, it has to be a good feeling for this Dodgers team to see one of their most important players finally getting on the right track.
So what does this all mean for the Dodgers’ title hopes in 2021? Not much if they can’t figure out Logan Webb on Thursday night, that will be a battle in itself. But if they find a way to exorcise those demons and advance, Cody Bellinger might just have enough in the tank to help push this team to a second consecutive World Series Title.