Amid a 1-14 slump, and with only 5 hits in 31 at-bats this season, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opted to give reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger Saturday night off in Phoenix. Earlier on Saturday, Doc explained his reasoning why.
Dave Roberts says that Cody Bellinger is fine — he wanted to be in the lineup but Doc says he wants to give him a day and get Matt Beaty in the lineup.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) August 1, 2020
So yes, Belli is fine. Today is more of a mental reset for the 25-year-old. Additionally, Roberts said that he wanted to get Matt Beaty — who has only 3 plate appearances in the first 8 games of the season — in the lineup.
After Friday night’s game, Roberts was asked his thoughts on Bellinger, saying he felt the game was speeding up on the outfielder. Today, he expanded.
For [Cody], I think it’s a matter of getting his mechanics synced up. I don’t think he looks completely comfortable and he’s still trying to figure some things out.
Moreover, Roberts feels that Bellinger is a victim of bad luck with “some calls not going his way.” Of course, there’s also the matter of those setup and stance changes he made early in summer camp While he tinkered with several stances and timing mechanisms, he mostly reverted back to his 2019 stance by opening day. Doc shared thoughts on that process.
I think in the initial summer camp, it was a little bit more drastic and over the last five to seven days he’s trying to go back to what he did last year. While it looks similar optically, the production just doesn’t happen quite that easy.
The fact that Cody came out of the gates cold compounded with the shortened 60 game season, the slump gets magnified that much more. As they say, it’s still early.