Yuli Gurriel vs. Cody Bellinger
Yuli Gurriel (.366/.409/.512) 4 Doubles, 1 Triple, 4 RBI
Cody Bellinger (.278/.316/.500) 2 Doubles, 2 Home Runs, 4 RBI
Yuli Gurriel is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball this postseason. Gurriel leads all players this postseason in average exit velocity with a 93.8 MPH average velocity. He’s first in the postseason in hard-hit balls with 18. He’s second on the team in hits behind the AL MVP front-runner Jose Altuve with 15. He has yet to hit a homer this October, but he had 18 during the regular season. During the regular season Gurriel hit almost 60 points better against right-handers than left-handers, so he’s another reverse splits guy. He’s some the Dodgers have to be careful with this World Series.
Cody Bellinger’s numbers in the NLCS are better than the NLDS, so there are encouraging signs for Dave Roberts. Bellinger had seven hits in the NLCS and hit a home run against the Cubs. An aspect of Bellinger’s game that doesn’t get much talk is his defense. Bellinger has played stellar defense all postseason long and will continue to make plays on the diamond to give the Dodgers an edge.
Edge: Dodgers – Bellinger is the all around better talent at this position. Gurriel is white hot right now so if you want to make the argument that he’s streaking higher, good for you. Bellinger can always change the complexion of a game whenever he steps into the batter’s box. Let’s not forget that Cody has ten hits and the power to make any stadium look small, let alone that short wall in right field in Houston.