When the bell rings in earnest for the Dodgers on April 1st, things will look pretty familiar for fans, lineup wise. In fact, it already looked pretty familiar on Sunday in Anaheim. Mookie Betts leading off, Corey Seager in the two-hole, and Justin Turner batting third made up the top of the order. And Dave Roberts opted for Cody Bellinger in the cleanup spot.
After the game, Doc said get used to it.
Dave Roberts says that he likes Cody Bellinger as the cleanup batter for the #Dodgers to start the season. So there's that.
— Clint Pasillas (@realFRG) March 29, 2021
We’re gonna stick with Cody [batting fourth]. I like Cody in the four. I like his ability to get on base and attack the baseball. For now, I like Cody in the four and Max [Muncy] in the five or six … depending on handedness. Depending on how the opposing team has their bullpen constructed.
Still looking to get his timing back after offseason shoulder surgery kept a bat out of his hands for most of the winter, Bellinger has looked a tick off in his 22 spring at-bats this far. However, as Roberts noted, he’s taking plenty of “A swings” showing that he’s perhaps not that far off from locking in.
After picking up a pair of walks in Sunday’s loss, the manager expanded on what he’s liked out of Bellinger over his first week or so of ballgames.
I think he’s seeing the ball well. I like the way he’s getting off his ‘A’ swing a lot. And now to take a couple walks I thought was really good also. He’s taken 25 plate appearances this spring, but he’s really baring down because he knows it’s been an abbreviated spring. He’s in a good place to start the season.
The Dodgers play two more games before the stats count for real. Moreover, as a helping hand, LA will be opening the season on the road in Colorado at a ballpark where Bellinger has a career .348 batting average with an OPS of 1.094 over 31 games since 2017. After four games at Coors Field, the clubs heads to Oakland where Cody has 3 hits in 6 at-bats.
Whatever is better than home cooking, this is it for Cody Bellinger.