Cody Bellinger has come through again for the Dodgers.
We thought it was going to happen again. The Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t going to give Clayton Kershaw early run support, he was going to labor as the game dragged on, he would eventually give up a few runs, and the loss would be pinned on him.
But that was until Cody Bellinger stepped up to the plate in the fourth inning. Tampa Bay Rays starter Tyler Glasnow was laboring himself through the first three innings, and after a walk to Max Muncy and a Will Smith groundout, Bellinger took advantage of the right-hander’s withering fastball (we say that because he typically hits triple digits but has largely been 96-98 after fighting through numerous at-bats) and went yard.
This rip into right-center field gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead and some much-needed breathing room for Kershaw.
And the foot celebration! Yes! We don’t need another dislocated shoulder. After a horrific start to his postseason career the last three years, the 2019 MVP has been tearing the cover off the ball with his most recent heroics coming in the form of a game-winning home run to take down the Atlanta Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS.
He’s getting hot and that’s terribly dangerous for the Rays, who, despite making the Fall Classic, have been struggling mightily on the offensive end. This team cannot be playing catch-up against arguably the most high-powered offense in the league.
Belli this postseason? Already markedly better than he’s ever been. He’s 12-for-46 with six runs scored, four home runs, 12 RBI and eight walks. If he’s able to produce like that in the middle of this stacked Dodgers lineup, the Rays will have trouble getting their starters to eat innings.
And if the Dodgers can break down this Tampa pitching staff, that’ll be key to winning it all.