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Monday, May 20, 2019

Cody Bellinger’s speed is key to his .400 batting average | MLB.com

Cody Bellinger is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 08:27 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

Monday, May 13, 2019

Stephen Strasburg gets thrown out from right field while attempting to break up no-hitter

No-hit bids usually end when a batter makes contact like Stephen Strasburg did in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game between the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers.

With Dodgers starter Hyun-jin Ryu mowing down the Nationals lineup, Strasburg stepped into the box hoping to get his team’s first hit of the day. That seemed to have happened when Strasburg poked a low line drive down the right-field line that bounced in the outfield.

And then Dodgers right-fielder Cody Bellinger did this.

Question, for those viewing the play:

Does this reflect positively on Bellinger, or negatively on Strasburg?

 

QLE Posted: May 13, 2019 at 03:49 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, outs, pitchers hitting, stephen strasburg

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Cody Bellinger will no longer play first base | MLB.com

“It’s happened a couple of times, but Cody said he feels good,” said Roberts. “I do think, going forward, him being an outfielder makes the most sense. Being at first base, a potential dive, we’ll see how that goes as time goes by.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 07, 2019 at 10:43 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers

LEADING OFF: Ohtani nears Angels return, biding Bumgarner

A look at what’s happening around the majors Tuesday:

OHTANI ON DECK

AL Rookie of the Year Shohei Ohtani will join the Angels in Detroit this week and could be set to make his season debut. The two-way star has been recovering from Tommy John surgery and isn’t expected to pitch this year. But his swing is fine and Los Angeles intends to use Ohtani as its designated hitter.

The Angels say Ohtani will wear an arm guard when he bats and runs the bases. The 24-year-old hit .285 with 22 home runs last season.

Briefly wondered where Bumgarner ranked relative to clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades- then I realized it said “biding”, not “bidding”....

 


Friday, May 03, 2019

Tim Anderson, Cody Bellinger win Player of the Month honors for April

White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and Dodgers 1B/OF Cody Bellinger have earned Player of the Month honors for April, Major League Baseball just announced.

Anderson, 25, ended April batting .375/.394/.615 with six home runs and 18 RBI in 99 plate appearances. He was involved in a benches-clearing altercation with the Royals in mid-April after Brad Keller threw a fastball behind his back. Anderson apparently used some language that MLB didn’t like and received a one-game suspension.

Bellinger, 23, put together one of the best opening months in baseball history. He hit .431/.508/.890 with 14 home runs and 37 RBI in 132 plate appearances. Bellinger, Christian Yelich (2019), Álex Rodríguez (2007), and Albert Pujols (2006) are the only players to ever end April with 14 home runs. Bellinger was vying to become the first with 15, but went homerless in the final two games of the month.

Does this mean that their pictures will be hung up at MLB headquarters?

 

QLE Posted: May 03, 2019 at 04:13 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: awards, cody bellinger, player of the month, tim anderson

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

MLB seeing continued surge in home runs

With a home run on Monday or Tuesday night, Cody Bellinger will enter May with 15 home runs, which would be a record. Currently, Bellinger and Christian Yelich this season have joined Albert Pujols (2006) and Álex Rodríguez (2007) as the only players to hit 14 home runs by the end of April.

Bellinger, however, isn’t the only player surging in home runs. The entire league is. According to Baseball Reference, the league is averaging 1.33 home runs per game, which would be by far a record if the season were to end today. The previous record was set in 2017 at 1.26. Before that, the record was 1.17 in 2000, believed by many to be around the apex of the “steroid era.” The homer rate per game was actually well below 1.00 as recently as 2014 (0.86).

A reminder that, if you want to watch home run derbies, that most of the 1960 series is on YouTube.

 

QLE Posted: April 30, 2019 at 04:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, home runs, mlb

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Dodgers homer in record 33 straight home games, beat Pirates

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Bellinger’s one mighty swing of the bat was loaded with historical significance.

Bellinger hit a two-run homer in the first inning and the Dodgers set a major league record with homers in 33 consecutive home games in a 6-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.

Bellinger’s blast was noteworthy for other reasons, too. He moved into a tie for the major league lead for home runs with the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich at 13 and set the major league record for total bases in the months of March-April with 88. He also set a Dodgers’ record for home runs in March-April, moving past Matt Kemp.

Your periodic reminder that home runs are cheaper than they used to be…..

QLE Posted: April 27, 2019 at 09:31 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, dodgers, home runs, streaks

Monday, April 08, 2019

Cody Bellinger is off to a historic start in 2019

Cody Bellinger isn’t just off to a hot start this season — he’s off to one of the hottest starts we’ve seen from any player in MLB history. On Friday night, the Dodgers’ slugger approached his eighth game of 2019 with a league-leading five home runs and 13 RBI. By the time the club wrapped their 10-6 win over the Rockies, Bellinger had six home runs and 16 RBI. According to MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, that’s the most any player has collected in the first eight games of a season since Alex Rodriguez and Eddie Mathews went on similar tears for the 2007 Yankees and 1953 Braves, respectively.

The Dodgers don’t need more power, but they’re willing to take it….

 

QLE Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cody bellinger, home runs

 

 

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