Mt. Everest Was Once A Hill

“It’s awesome to see the team doing well,” he [Hill] said. “We’ve gone 10-1. But I look at that and see that one loss and think, ‘That was me’ (laughs). … You don’t want to walk around with such a poopy diaper all the time. Be optimistic. I’ve caught myself a couple times this year.”

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Hill seemed to have lost his focus last time out after allowing his first runner. Until that moment he looked pretty solid.

Bombay Fun Facts

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Just some fun facts about Cody “Bombay” Bellinger.  His father, Clay Bellinger, hit .193 in the major leagues with 12 home runs.  Clay played for the Yankees from 1999 through 2001 and for the Angels in 2002.  Clay was a utility player who fielded every position except catcher and pitcher.

Cody’s younger brother, Cole, is a pitcher in high school.  Cole recently led Hamilton High School (Chandler, Arizona) to their second straight Arizona high school baseball state championship.  Cole is committed to Grand Canyon University.  The San Diego Padres picked Cole Bellinger as their 15th round draft pick this morning in the 2017 MLB Draft.

When Cody was a young boy (age 4?) he would cry when Clay failed to pitch batting practice to him following a minor league game.  Seems as if he is self motivated.

Cody currently enjoys reverse splits, which should motivate the FAZ front office to keep him in the lineup every day.  His splits (BA/OBP/SLG/OPS):

against RHP:  .248/.331/.592/.923 with 12 dingers in 142 plate appearances

against LHP:  .300/.349/.750/1.099 with 5 dingers in 43 plate appearances

Before Cody was called up, the Dodgers were 9-11.  Cody has now played in 45 games for the Dodgers.  During these games, the Dodgers record is 31-14.  Cody has hit 16 home runs during those 31 wins with the Dodgers.  He has hit just one home run during their 14 losses in which he played.

Cody “Bombay” Bellinger

Time:  1:00pm Date: April 25, 2017 Place: Phone Booth Stadium, Gnatsville, USA

Cody “Bombay” Bellinger has just been called up to the big leagues by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Bellinger hit 65 home runs in just over 1300 at bats in the minors.  He has been on fire in AAA Oklahoma City in 2017, hitting .343 with an on-base percentage of .429, a slugging percentage of .627, and an On-Base plus Slugging Percentage (OPS) of 1.055.  Defensively, Cody plays a mean first base, possibly better than James Loney, possibly better than Adrian Gonzalez.  Initially, he will be playing left field and center field.

The lefty Bombay will likely play left field when the opposition starts a left-handed pitcher, as Kike Hernandez will man center field on those days.  Bombay will likely play center field when the opposition starts a right-handed pitcher, while Andrew Toles mans left field.

 

Lefty vs. Lefty

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Tonight’s game features two lefty starting pitchers.  Rookie Kyle Freeland will pitch for the Colorado Rockies, while Hyun-Jin Ryu will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Freeland handled the Dodgers easily at Coors Field, but had a rough start against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field in his only other major league game.

Hyun-Jin Ryu is still trying to get on track in 2017.  His first two starts were almost mirror images.  In each start, he had 77 pitches over 4 2/3 innings and gave up six hits while striking out five batters.  The second start was worse than the first in that he doubled the number of walks to two and doubled the number of gopher balls to two.  Ryu will need a better outing this time around to stay in the starting rotation.  Julio Urias is knocking on the door.