Cody Bellinger (28), who left his home team LA Dodgers and made a new home with the Chicago Cubs, drew attention by making a big splash against his home team.
On the 17th (Korean time), Bellinger started as the 7th hitter in center field in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ match against the Dodgers held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, USA.
After one out in the top of the 5th inning with the team trailing 0-1메이저놀이터, Bellinger entered his second at-bat and made a brilliant move after reaching base due to an error by second baseman Miguel Vargas. He quickly stole second base, then went all the way to third base on a shortstop grounder from Jan Gomes. Afterwards, Lewis Torrens scored on a left-handed hit to tie the game 1-1.
The highlights came right out. Following Patrick Wisdom in the top of the 6th inning, where the team was leading 2-1, he immediately attacked opponent starter Julio Urias’s four-seam fastball and scored an additional point 3-1 with a solo shot that crossed the right fence. In particular, he celebrated his first home run against the Dodgers by flipping the bat after hitting a home run. On this day, Bellinger contributed to the team’s 3-2 victory with 1 hit in 4 at-bats (1 home run), 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.
After making his big league debut with the Dodgers in 2017, Bellinger only played for the Dodgers until last year. He hit double-digit homers for five consecutive years, and in the 2019 season, he had a batting average of 0.305 (170 hits in 558 at-bats), 47 homers, 115 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.035.
But after that, his grades began to decline. In 2021, he had a batting average of 0.165 (52 hits in 315 at bats) and last year with a batting average of 0.210 (106 hits in 504 at bats), and was eventually released after the season.
He hasn’t been as active this season as he was during his career high, but he’s coming back little by little. He is batting 0.245 (13-for-53) with 3 homers, 10 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.770 in 14 games early in the season. In particular, it is positive that he recovered a slugging percentage of over 40%.
Meanwhile, Bellinger visited Dodger Stadium for the first time after transferring and recorded 3 hits (1 home run), 1 RBI and 2 steals in 11 at-bats in 3 games. He added strength to the team’s winning series and decorated his first visit to his parents’ team with meaningful results after the transfer.