By most statistical measures, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers has proven to be one of the least productive hitters in baseball this season. Belli is near the bottom of the league in wRC+ at 49 and is hitting .162 for the year yet continues to see time despite LA’s other more viable options.
We tell you why it’s time for the Dodgers to call up ‘The Hitman’, Matt Beaty and why his below average defense shouldn’t keep him from starting for the team. Plus, the real reason why LA hasn’t called up Matt Beaty yet and could the Dodgers be doing more harm than good for Cody Bellinger by continuing to allow him to struggle.
The utility man Beaty was unexpectedly optioned to AAA on August 26 when Mookie Betts returned from the IL. In 8 games with OKC, Beaty has done what Beaty does and hit. He has 10 hits in 28 at-bats with a .935 OPS. In 105 games with the big league Dodgers, he’s posted a triple slash line of .262/.358/.374 with 5 home runs and 34 RBI in limited action.
Notably, Dave Roberts has often pointed to Beaty’s role on the Dodgers as pinch hitter, but the 28-year-old actually has better results as a starter (hitting just .208 as a pinch hitter vs .284 as a starter). He’s also hitting .333 with 2 outs and runners in scoring position along with posting a .302 average in high-leverage spots — all areas where the lineup has been anemic of late.
The time is now to inject some offense into the lineup and, most importantly, some quality, professional at-bats.
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