The Los Angeles Dodgers have gotten a real null performance from Cody Bellinger in 2021. In a season filled with injury list stints and healthy scratches, along with general ineffective hitting; Bellinger no longer looks like a superstar but a guy who may be out of baseball in the not so distant future.
Once again on Saturday night, Bellinger was out of the lineup for no good reason. I don’t understand the willingness of not only a team to sit a guy who has missed so much time when he’s healthy; but also the player (Bellinger in this case) being fine with it and not begging his way into the lineup.
The not so warm and fuzzy Dodgers entered the bottom of the ninth tied 2-2 with the Cubs. Of course, Bellinger was available to pinch hit. Therefore on June 26th, Bellinger launched his second home run of the season in dramatic walk-off fashion.
This one was a true beauty to cherish. And cherish Dodgers fans will, because Bellinger isn’t going to hit many of them in 2021. Basically, you have a broken hitter here who looks to be going the way of Chris Davis, or something.
Still, no one can say Bellinger didn’t launch one last walk-off home run. His other home run this season was also dramatic back on June 1 when he hit a grand slam, also coming at Chavez Ravine.
It would be nice to see this guy get back to being the player he once was, but that really seems like a different lifetime ago.
Somehow, the banged up Dodgers are still 46-31 on the year.