However, his return has been difficult to watch as he has been missing pitches, namely fastballs, he was crushing in seasons before. There have been positive moments here and there, yet it hasn’t been pretty as a whole. Despite the slump he’s having at the plate, Dave Roberts mentioned that Bellinger still provides value to the team.
“I think for Cody, it’s just more of the abbreviated Spring training, the broken start [and] stop in the season, and hitting’s hard. For him to be on our club and impact us defensively like he has and to still try to get on track and stay on track offensively is still a work in progress. But, all I expect is, competing and trying to win pitches. When he does that in the box, I think that all the performance will start to line up.”
While he is not providing nearly enough production at the plate as he has in the past, his glove does provide the ball club with more than most realize. Having a Gold Glove Award winner roaming center field can definitely influence the outcome of a game. Just ask the Dodgers who lost a series thanks to poor defense as well as a lack of clutch hitting.
Not only can Belli save runs in the outfield, but having him on the field can free up Chris Taylor to move back into the infield at second base which pushes Max Muncy back to first.
With that being said, the Dodgers are dealing with injuries and lackluster seasons from many of their contributors. Cody does still provide some value defensively, but the team is in desperate need of 2019 Cody. Even the 2018 version of Cody would be a welcomed sight. Hopefully, everything can start to click for him in the second half.