If it weren’t for Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger might be the biggest story in this week’s Major League Baseball rookie class. Judge has the Triple Crown stats on lock. He’s setting Statcast records and getting all the fanfare that comes with being baseball’s breakout star while playing for its most famous team.
But Bellinger has one thing that Judge doesn’t — a pretty awesome place in MLB history that not even Judge can match.
Tuesday night, in the Dodgers’ 7-5 win over the Cleveland Indians, Bellinger hit two more homers, giving him 17 for the season. One broke a tie in the eighth inning, another was a ninth-inning nail in the coffin that made the score 7-2. With that, Belling secured this piece of the MLB record books:
.@Cody_Bellinger now has FOUR multi-HR games in his first 45 career contests.
— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) June 14, 2017
Four multi-homer games already?! It’s pretty crazy, when you consider some thought Bellinger was going to be a temporary call-up for the Dodgers in late April. Since then, the 21-year-old outfielder has driven in 39 runs, scored 32 and is slashing .261/.335/.630.
That doesn’t quite compare with Judge’s line: .343/.450/.718 with 22 homers and 49 RBIs. But it doesn’t take anything away from Bellinger, either. His impact on the Dodgers has been quite obvious. Just consider this pair of factoids:
Since Cody Bellinger debuted on April 25:
Bellinger: 17 HR (most in MLB)
Dodgers: 31-14 (best record in MLB) pic.twitter.com/yClrfyp1Cj
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 14, 2017
And the Dodgers, after their win Tuesday night, have won five in a row and are back in a first-place tie with the Colorado Rockies. They’re probably not there without Bellinger.
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