Cody Bellinger made a great flip-over-the-dugout-rail catch last night

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Cody Bellinger is going to be the unanimous winner of the N.L. Rookie of the Year award. Last night he homered and knocked in two of the Dodgers three runs as Los Angeles moved past Arizona to the NLCS. His future’s so bright he’s gotta wear shades, etc. etc.

He also had a couple of fantastic moments on the defense. The most fantastic came at the end of the fifth inning when Dbacks catcher Jeff Mathis fouled a ball off that had “out of play” written all over it. Bellinger doesn’t believe in “out of play,” though. Watch him range over to the dugout and make the flip-catch:

Here it is from another angle:

I love how Dave Roberts doesn’t even bother to get up. Charitably, we’ll say he knew in his heart that Bellinger had it all under control. Less charitably, we’ll say that Roberts is lucky Bellinger didn’t crack his head into a million pieces as he fell, because if he did while Roberts watched seemingly dispassionately, there would probably be a lot of angry people today.

As it is: it’s all good. And Bellinger is great.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.