There is no right answer here. But, the fact of the matter is that no rookie in the history of baseball has matched what one Cody Bellinger has done in less than 100 games! Cody Bellinger has 34 home runs in 97 games and is likely the best 1B in all of baseball. He’s fast, he’s gifted and he’s a Future Hall-of-Famer (I guarantee it or your money back). Mike Piazza hold the Dodger rookie record for Home Runs (35), but he did it in about 50 more games than Cody. Cody will demolish that record.
Cody Bellinger may ultimately be one of the best first basemen ever… but for the rest of this season, he is likely to be a left or right fielder. There’s an IF… If Adrian Gonzalez is healthy and he looked healthy last night. Look, just because I was against THE TRADE does not mean I don’t like A-Gon. A-Gon is a awesome player at the end of his career, but he has rested and rehabbed for almost three months and he should be fresh (IF he is healthy).
Cody Bellinger is the Dodger’s future 1B and everyone knows it, but did you see the look of admiration in his eyes when A-Gon doubled last night? Cody knows A-Gon has to take 1B back. A-Gon used to be a #3 or #4 hitter, but on this team, right here, right now, he is likely a #6 hitter and he could be the best one is baseball (IF he is healthy). The Dodgers are a better team if Bellinger and a healthy Adrian Gonzalez are BOTH in the lineup. Even Ray Charles can see that.
Cody is a pretty dang good left fielder or right fielder and can even play CF, but Adrian can only play 1B. So, it’s settled, against Right Handed Pitchers, A-Gon is the first baseman. Maybe not against LH pitchers, but certainly against RH pitchers. I don’t see A-Gon as the EVERYDAY 1B, but you never know what a healthy veteran player at the end of his career can do, so he has to play… IF he is healthy! End of story!
Speaking of healthy veteran players at the end of his career brings me to Curtis Granderson, whom the Dodgers acquired last night. Curtis has 312 career home runs, of which 240 are against RH pitching. His career OPS is .857 against RH pitching. He has hit lefties to the tune of .224 over his career while he averages .265 against righties. he is a classic platoon player and that is why he came to LA. He happens to be hot right now, OPS’ing 1.326 over the past week.
It’s probably very hard for Curtis to be motivated to play on a team like the Mets at the end of his career, but like Marlon Anderson, he could be resurrected with the Dodgers. Anderson only had 73 plate appearances for the Dodgers in 2006, but he hit 7 HR, 3 doubles, 3 triples and OPS’ed 1.243 while on the team that year.
Joc Pederson is hitting .111 over the last 7 days, .080 the past two weeks and .127 the past month. They are trying to re-make his swing again and even though he had a double last night, he looks totally lost. I think he will go to OKC before today’s game and Curtis and Kike will platoon in CF. Maybe Granderson goes to LF and Taylor plays CF? We shall see. This could be Granderson’s last season and I am sure he would like to go out with a Ring – he just might seize the day.
… and just maybe, they can fix Joc at AAA. I love the move. It gives the team lots of options. Oh, and it keeps his away from the other contenders.
Rants and Raves
- Logan Forsythe bashers have recently been seen crawling back into their holes. Now, he’s getting hot. Come on, when will we ever learn?
- Henry Ramos was 0 fer again (.263 ouch) – so much for that idea.
- Andre Ethier was 0-3 in Tulsa.
- Scott Barlow went 6.2 and pitched well.
- It’s an early game today.