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.

Mookie Betts, Javier Baez leading off the All-Star lineups

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I can’t imagine what it’s like to fill out the lineup card for an All-Star team. Most of the guys are 1-4 hitters on their own teams, but you gotta slot most of them someplace lower. Egos are probably a consideration. Strategic stuff. “Which top of the order or middle of the lineup hitter is batting eighth?” is both a difficult and thankless question.

Dave Roberts and A.J. Hinch have to do it anyway, and today they released the All-Star lineups. Seeing Bryce Harper batting sixth and Manny Machado batting seventh is just not part of the usual baseball experience:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

1. Mookie Betts, RF
2. Jose Altuve, 2B
3. Mike Trout, CF
4. J.D. Martinez, DH
5. Jose Ramirez, 3B
6. Aaron Judge, LF
7. Manny Machado, SS
8. Jose Abreu, 1B
9. Salvador Perez, C

NATIONAL LEAGUE

1. Javier Baez, 2B
2. Nolan Arenado, 3B
3. Paul Goldschmidt, DH
4. Freddie Freeman, 1B
5. Matt Kemp, LF
6. Bryce Harper, CF
7. Nick Markakis, RF
8. Brandon Crawford, SS
9. Willson Contreras, C

Not that this is gonna hold for long what with all of the substitutions.