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Los Angeles Dodger’s star, Cody Bellinger, had arguably one of the best opening months in MLB history. The OF/1B for the Dodger’s tied Albert Pujols (2006), Alex Rodriguez (2007), and Christian Yelich (2019) for the most home runs hit before May 1st, each having 14. Bellinger though broke, and now holds, the all-time records for RBI’s (37), hits (44), and total bases (96) before May 1st.
Bellinger is on fire right now. He’s tied for the MLB lead in home runs and has sole possession of first in RBI’s, runs, hits, on-base percentage, slugging, and batting average, with a ridiculous .427 average. His plate discipline has also greatly improved so far this season. His strikeout rate is at 11.7 percent, cut down from the 23.9 percent he had in 2018, and his walk rate is 14.1 percent, also an increase from 2018, showing that this start is no fluke.
The Dodger’s are in first place in the NL West and the first team to reach 20 wins, Bellinger being the driving force for that. He not only is contributing on offense, but he’s also making highlight reel plays out on the field. After a breakout rookie year in 2017, awarded with the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year Award, Bellinger’s production dipped a bit in 2018, and whatever adjustments the 23-year-old made have paid off, as he is now a front-runner for the NL MVP award.
The season is still young, and there’s a long road ahead, but Bellinger and the Dodger’s are again looking like early favorites to reach the World Series.