The 47 home run MVP is now treated as a designated defense… Is there a basement under the floor?
Cody Bellinger (28, Chicago Cubs) was one of the league’s most productive offensive hitters from 2017 to 2019. His 39 home runs in 2017 and 47 home runs in 2019 prove this.
In particular, in 2019, he recorded a batting average of 0.305, 47 homers, 115 RBIs, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.035 in 156 games, becoming the National League Most Valuable Player (MVP). However, as high as his peak was, his descent was steep as well.
2020 OPS crashed to 0.788. There seemed to be nowhere else to go down, but there was a cellar under the floor. In 2021, the OPS stayed at 0.542, and in 2022 it rebounded slightly, but it was 0.654, which was still lower than in 2020.
He believed he had nowhere else to fall from here. This is why the Chicago Cubs immediately offered a contract and recruited him after the Dodgers made the shocking decision to release Bellinger, who entered the final year of salary adjustment. The Cubs saw Bellinger’s potential for a rebound, and offered a formidable $17.5 million over one year deal.
However, Bellinger’s early batting performance was rather poor compared to last year. He has only one home run in his first 10 games of the season, and his batting average stands at 0.205. He has an OPS of 0.587.
Still, there is something to look forward to in that the ratio of strikeouts to walks is much better than in the past three years. There is a possibility to go higher in the future. However, it seems difficult to write a dramatic drama considering the current batting average with a BABIP of 0.219. I can’t make a good batting ball myself. It’s hard to wait for an excuse to shift now.
Still, the reason why he can consistently play as the starting pitcher is because his defense is to some extent. Bellinger’s center field defense consistently received favorable reviews during his time with the Dodgers. Even in the Cubs, it is evaluated that he holds the center of gravity well in the outfield.안전놀이터 However, when the offense drops like this, the value of the defense also fades. The ‘named defense’ treatment never lasts long.