Aaron Judge is, deservedly, getting most of the rookie slugger press this season, but there’s another guy out there turning heads: Cody Bellinger.
Bellinger, who was only supposed to be a temporary callup, has stuck with the Dodgers due to both injuries and his production. He’s hitting .261 and getting on base at a respectable .335 clip. His power, however, has been his calling card. Bellinger has 17 homers in only 45 games and his slugging a robust .630.
Last night he hit two homers in the Dodgers win over the Indians last night. But that was far from his first multi-homer game this year. He hit two bombs on April 29 vs. the Phillies, two on May 5 vs. the Padres and two vs. the Reds just the other night vs. the Reds. That, according to MLB, is a record:
More importantly, the Dodgers have caught the Rockies at the top of the NL West standings and have the best record in baseball over the past 45 games. Forty-five games in which one Cody Bellinger has been an integral part of the offensive attack.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.