There is a star in the making for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He may not be league known name, but Cody Bellinger is pitching a good case. He is becoming a household name for Dodgers fans quickly.
Los Angeles fans seem to approve of Bellinger. The evidence was yesterday and it could not of been much clearer. On Sunday the Los Angeles Dodgers crowd roared for a tip of the cap by Bellinger in the eighth inning, according to the Los Angeles Times. He claimed he did not hear them chanting his name but it was undeniable.
Bellinger said that he did not hear the crowd chanting for him until a teammate pushed him back toward the field. He said, “Then it was, ‘Oh, this is happening.’ It’s pretty special.” Shortly after, he answered the fans calls, and came out of the dugout. It was his first curtain call, but likely not his last.
There could be more where that came from to come for the young Dodgers star. He had a big impact in the Dodgers Sunday night game against the Colorado Rockies. Without his help, the Dodgers might not of been able to walk away with a 6-12 victory of the Rockies.
He was a key contributor for Los Angeles. He did it once in the third inning by sending a baseball flying into the stands for a two-run home-run to right field. That was not his only hit, or longball on the night. He did it again in the eighth inning.
In the eighth inning he slugged another two-run homer to right field off of Adam Ottavino. Both of his home-runs were well over 400 feet. Hitting home-runs is nothing new for Bellinger, it is nothing new to Dodgers fans either. It something new for the rest of the league.
Bellinger has been ruining pitcher’s days all season. He is leading the league with 24 home-runs this season. Those 24 longballs are the most by a Dodgers rookie. Hitting multiple home-runs in a game has become accustom for Bellinger. He has done it six times already, and counting.
With a new slugger on board, the Dodgers are aiming to reach new heights. Right now, they are heading in a promising direction. While the Giants sit at the bottom of the standings of the National League West with a record of 27-51 for once, the Dodgers are on the opposite side. Los Angeles leads the NL West with a record of 51-26. They have a two and a half game lead over the Diamondbacks.
Los Angeles is the only team in the National League to reach 50 wins, and among one of just two teams in the MLB. The only other team to win 50 or more games is the AL West leading Houston Astros who are going 52-25. In their past week of play the Dodgers have been streaky. They have put together 10 wins in a row.
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Commentary By Cody Macleod
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