MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers benched Cody Bellinger on Tuesday despite the fact that his performance has drastically decreased since winning the 2019 NL MVP award.
Bellinger might miss the last three games of the team’s series in Milwaukee, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stated, “I just wanted to give him a little bit of a reset.” He has been grinding quite a bit.
Bellinger has 50 RBIs while hitting.206 with 15 home runs. He had two singles in his previous 19 at-bats and started in center field Monday night against the Brewers, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
For the game on Tuesday, Joey Gallo replaced Chris Taylor in left field and moved to center.
Roberts is optimistic that Bellinger will be able to overcome his issues in time to support the Dodgers in September and beyond. The Major Leagues’ best record belongs to Los Angeles.
He’s a man we can depend on, Roberts added.
In 2017 Bellinger was named the National League’s Rookie of the Year, then two years later he was named the MVP after batting.305 with 47 home runs and 115 RBIs.
In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he hit.239 with 12 home runs, but in the 95 games he played last year, he only hit.165 with 10 home runs.
There aren’t many players in this game that have experienced such a rapid rise, according to Roberts. Therefore, it hasn’t been easy to deal with some adversity over the past 2.5 years. All I want him to know is that he has our support.
If Bellinger doesn’t find his stroke, Roberts didn’t completely rule out utilizing him in a platoon setting.
He said, “I’m going to send the men out there at some time that offer us the best chance to win.”
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