Every time the Dodgers travel to Denver, we wonder how the Dodgers will outhit the Rockies at the mile-high stadium. But this time, the Rockies have to be wondering whether they can keep up with the Dodgers’ three home run per game pace.
On April 24, 2017, the Dodgers W/L record was 9-11. Cody “Bombay” Bellinger made his MLB debut on April 25, 2017. The Dodgers W/L since then has been 38-15 (a 72% winning percentage). So I ask you, is that a coincidence or is it…Bombay?
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.
Looking forward to Justin Turner coming back from the disabled list to lead the Dodgers offense in crushing the Reds!
In the second game of the Dodgers at Cardinals series, Kenta Maeda (4-2, 5.08 ERA) will pitch against Michael Wacha (2-2, 3.66 ERA).
The Dodgers have been all kind of hot lately. They’ve hit eleven home runs in the past five games. They’ve won their past five games in a row. The bullpen has pitched shutout baseball for the last 21 2/3 innings. The Dodgers have won ten games out of their last twelve. The Dodgers are just a half game out of first place.
This afternoon at 5:40pm PDT/6:40pm MDT/8:40 EDT, the Dodgers take on the Colorado Rockies in Denver. If the Dodgers can take three of four games or better, the Dodgers will be in first place at the end of the weekend.
Last night, Nomar Garciaparra discussed Cody Bellinger’s ability to hit an opposite field home run, flat-footed, and with the marine layer working against him in Chavez Ravine. That just shows how strong he is. Imagine the damage he can do at Coors Field. Bombs Away!
Question of the day: If Andrew Toles needs to go onto the disabled list, with whom should the Dodgers replace him?
My vote is for Alex Verdugo. He’s a left-handed hitting athletic outfielder who is hitting well in AAA Oklahoma City. His hitting statistics this year currently sit at .320/.402/.402/.804. He’s got good speed.
Who would you bring up?