Surprising Cody Bellinger update explains worst career season
It’s remarkable to think the Los Angeles Dodgers have 40 games over 0.500 despite minimal production from Cody Bellinger.
It was hard to watch. Has the league finally figured out how to neutralize Bellinger’s unusually long swing? Or is it just the season of hell and he will return to All-Star form in 2022?
Nobody knows, and that’s the most frustrating part.
However, Dave Roberts may have provided an explanation for Bellinger’s struggles when speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s game.
During the press, Roberts dropped a mini-bomb on Bellinger’s health, claiming the former NL MVP is struggling with a non-displaced fracture in his ribs he suffered in a recent field collision with Gavin Lux.
As a result, Bellinger is not in Saturday’s roster to face the Reds.
Dodgers Cody Bellinger has broken ribs and won’t play on Saturday.
We hate blaming injuries, but that’s the only logical explanation for Bellinger’s performance like a minor league This year. In 89 games, he beat .189 / .237 / .291 with nine homers, 34 RBIs, 88 strikeouts and 43 OPS +.
Let’s take a look at the hurdles Bellinger had to overcome, okay? For starters, he had shoulder surgery in the offseason. That alone is difficult to overcome, so good health would have really done him wonders as he tried to rediscover his pre-2021 form.
Unfortunately for Bellinger (and the Dodgers), he struggled to stay healthy after the operation. At the start of the season, he missed a long period of time with a capillary fracture in his left fibula. In mid-June he went back on the shelf with left hamstring strain that sidelined him for over a month.
We obviously don’t attribute all of Bellinger’s difficulties to injuries. The 26-year-old has been in good health for important periods this season and has yet to produce. However, fans shouldn’t ignore the list of injuries he suffered. Most players would have a hard time, although probably not so much, going through all of these difficulties.
The fact that Bellinger is ready to overcome this injury is admirable and proves he wants to be there for his teammates as the Dodgers look to overtake the Giants in the NL West standings to avoid playing in a go-or-go Wild Card Game. to die.
That said, Bellinger has been a funk for too long to be an everyday player right now, so expect Roberts to give the struggling star a few days off.
Will that prove Bellinger right? Probably not, but the next time you get nauseous reading his stats, don’t overlook the fact that his inability to stay healthy could be the number one reason for his worst season in his career.