The 2019 season was a special one for Dodgers outfielder, Cody Bellinger. Bellinger won NL MVP that year while slashing .305/.406/.629 and posting a 1.035 OPS. However, since that MVP season, Bellinger has struggled mightily at the plate. The two-time All-Star has yet to reach another All-Star appearance and has looked like a mediocre ball player at best in the past three seasons.
Even though Bellinger has struggled in the grand scheme of things, he’s been pretty solid going into October.
The 25-year-old spoke with SportsNet LA’s Kirsten Watson after last night’s win and was asked about his recent success at the plate.
“Honestly just staying within myself on an everyday basis, hitting the ball hard, seeing the ball well, focusing on the little things and the ball will find some holes eventually.”
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) October 1, 2022
That’s really all it takes with Cody. He’s one of the most dynamic and athletic players in the league, but it comes down to the little things with Bellinger. Moreover, when Belli is right, he’s one of the best players in the league, it just hasn’t come together for him throughout an entire season as of late.
Last season was the worst one Bellinger has endured posting just 10 homers, 36 RBIs, and a .542 OPS. In October of 2021, however, the Arizona native was the second-best Dodger at the plate and had great success throughout the postseason.
But Bellinger hasn’t been able to translate that into the 2022 regular season.
As of now, it appears as though he is figuring it out but only time will tell if he’ll play a crucial part in the postseason. Should history repeat itself, don’t be surprised if Cody is killing it come mid-October.