LOS ANGELES – On Wednesday night, before the All-Star break, he overtook Duke Snider and Gil Hodges at most home races of the Dodgers. On Thursday night, he closed the gap between Reggie Jackson (37), Mark McGwire (33) and Willie Mays (31) for most of Homer before the break under 24 years.
LOS ANGELES – On Wednesday night, before the All-Star break, he overtook Duke Snider and Gil Hodges in most of the Dodgers' home races. On Thursday night, he closed the gap between Reggie Jackson (37), Mark McGwire (33) and Willie Mays (31) for most of Homer before the break under 24 years.
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"I apologize for the lack of drama in the end," joked manager Dave Roberts, whose team had won their last five home games in playoff games.
Bellinger and Max Muncy did not play theater this time, and
Meanwhile, Bellinger added to his MVP resume and became one of 38 players in MLB history with 30 home runs through the All-Star break, one of only 19 in the National League, and the only Dodger.
Bellinger is on pace to reach 54 home runs this season, which would break Shawn Green's club mark of 49. He has 71 RBIs at 130, which is the highest since Snider and Hodges had 130 in 1954. The last Dodger to finish a season with a strike average above Bellinger's current 344 mark was Mike Piazza at .362 in 1997. His share of .711 punches and 1,149 OPS Wo Babe Hermans club brands of 678 and 1,132, the 1930s should be broken.
And this is not a small sample as the 162-game season is more than halfway through and the All-Star breaks three games away.
If The extent of what he does on the plate does not affect Bellinger. It did not show when he talked about it after another night of heroism in support of Ryu.
"I'm just trying to keep going," said Bellinger. "Just try to stay in the present as best I can. Not too big-headed or downcast on myself. I'm not trying to listen to all these numbers.
Then close your ears Bellinger, who returned home twice on Wednesday night, crushed a hanging crush ball to welcome left-hander Logan Allen, who had replaced starter Dinelson Lamet, who had his first MLB start since the operation 15 months ago
Eleven of Bellingers' 30 homers have separated from left-handers, the most dramatic improvement in his game since last year Six of his 25 homeruns were from left: Twenty were hit at Dodger Stadium.
"Right now it does not matter who throws to him, "Roberts said of Bellinger." He's in such a good place. He just puts a quality on it every time. They get the hard, from left to left hanging crushing ball and he hits them on the seats. Playing the gold gloves defense. He's obviously a big cog in our lineup. "
It does not hurt that Bellinger is protected in the lineup of Muncy, who has also created a rare box-level blast from Lamet in this game, Muncy has 21 and he and Bellinger have been 18 since the beginning of last year Run in the same game, most in the MLB of any teammate.
"No one is under the radar as much as Max," said Roberts. "To beat Cody, to have the boys, to respect Max, to himself Join Cody, and if they do not, have Max behind them. "
Ken Gurnick has been covering the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.