Cody Bellinger has been with the Dodgers since he made his debut in 2017 after being drafted by LA in 2013. But that was 5 years ago.
Cody Bellinger was sat two games in a row in the team’s final series of the season just this past weekend. Bellinger took the outfield in Game 1 and 2 but his performances as well as lack of action all season long weren’t enough for Dave Roberts.
The question leading up to the NLDS was who would be in that lineup that would make it count when the team needed him most? Would that postseason Cody Bellinger make an appearance or was this just going to be another swing and a miss like all season long?
Between Games 1,2, and an appearance in the fifth during Game 3, Bellinger went 1-for-6 and was struck out 4 times.
Before the Game 4, Doc was asked about his decision to bench the former NL MVP.
“Yeah, I just felt that Cody hasn’t had a lot of success against Musgrove and a good sample. Joe has had a lot more success versus left-handed hitters than right-handed hitters, and there’s a lot of spin, and I just feel that tonight to win one game, I just felt that Trayce and Chris just had a better chance.”
“Obviously Cody wants to be in there, but this is a decision that I had to make, I chose to make.”
Watch the full pre-game interview here:
The stats don’t lie, Bellinger is 2 for 17 against Musgrove in his career. And Musgrove has proved to be more difficult for left-handed batters (a .203 average and .622 OPS) than right-handed (.254 and .720).
In the top of the 8th during Game 4, Dave Roberts gave Bellinger the opportunity to pinch-hit for Chris Taylor. A fly out to the center field. Was this Doc giving Cody one final chance to prove himself in a Dodgers uniform?
Last year, Belli signed a one-year 17 million contract to avoid arbitration. But this might be the end of the road in LA for the two-time All-Star and former Rookie of the Year.
Bellinger has made $33 million while hitting .193 with a .611 OPS over the past two seasons. He is eligible for salary arbitration for the final time this winter – which almost always guarantees a salary increase. But it’s unlikely the Dodgers will offer him that type of money without seeing much from it this year.
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