Dodgers 1B/OF Cody Bellinger hit his career-high 40th homer of the season on Thursday afternoon against the Marlins, a three-run blast to right field in the seventh inning. The homer helped close the Dodgers’ deficit to 13-7.
Bellinger, 24, hit 39 in his Rookie of the Year Award-winning campaign in 2017. Along with the 40 dingers, Bellinger is batting .317/.415/.664 with 93 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 504 plate appearances.
Bellinger is on pace for 53 home runs, which would be the most in a single season in Dodgers history. Shawn Green has the club record with 49 homers in 2001. Adrián Beltré is second with his 48 in 2004. Bellinger is only the fifth Dodger with a 40-homer season since the club moved to Los Angeles in 1958. Along with the aforementioned three, Gary Sheffield hit 43 in 2000 and Mike Piazza hit 40 in 1997.
Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.
That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.
Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.
It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.