is it you again? Former franchise star who terrorized the Dodgers
It seems that when you meet your parents’ team, you gain strength that you didn’t have before. Cody Bellinger (28, Chicago Cubs) continues to play a big role every time he faces the LA Dodgers.
On the 21st (Korean time), Bellinger started as a 5th batter in center field against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2023 Major League Baseball held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Bellinger was active from the first game of the Dodgers’ 4-game series. In the bottom of the second inning, where the team was trailing 0-1, he took the lead and balanced the 1-1 game with a solo shot over the middle fence. He did not record a hit after that, but Bellinger hit a huge foul home run in the bottom of the 5th inning and made the Dodgers dugout cool.
He also shone on defense. In the top of the 4th inning, David Peralta, the lead hitter, hit a hit and caught it heading to second base, cutting off the flow. Bellinger’s final performance that day was 1 hit in 2 at-bats (1 home run), 1 RBI and 1 run. Although the team lost 2-6, the light faded, but he performed outstandingly throughout the offense and defense.
This season, Bellinger was transferred for the first time in his debut. After being released from his home team, the Dodgers, he made a new home with the Cubs.
I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but coincidentally, his big success is continuing against his home team, the Dodgers. On the 15th and 17th, he recorded 3 hits (1 home run) and 1 RBI in 11 at-bats in three consecutive away matches held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA.
In addition, he showed off everything he could show, such as a super catch that steals the opponent’s home run and a stolen base, and continued to play a big role against his home team.
After making his major league debut with the Dodgers in the 2017 season, Bellinger only played for the Dodgers until last year. He hit double-digit home runs for five consecutive years, and in the 2019 season, he won the National League MVP with a batting average of 0.305 (170 hits in 558 at-bats), 47 homers, 115 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.035.
However, he could not continue to perform consistently. In 2021, he had a batting average of 0.165 (52 hits in 315 at-bats) and last year with a batting average of 0.210 (106 hits in 504 at-bats), and eventually tasted the pain of being released after the season ended.
Wearing a new uniform, Bellinger is recovering little by little this season. He is currently recording a batting average of 0.290 (20 hits in 69 at-bats), 4 home runs, 13 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.874 in 18 games until the 21st. In particular, it is encouraging that he recovered his batting pace by posting a slugging percentage of 0.507. 메이저사이트
Meanwhile, Bellinger no longer faces the Dodgers in the regular season after three home games with the remaining Dodgers. Fans are interested in how he will perform against his home team in the remaining matches.