SAN DIEGO >> Jerry Seinfeld and Mike Piazza had been each massive within the ‘90s. Cody Bellinger has heard of one in all them.
“I heard of Piazza. I find out about him,” laughed Bellinger who couldn’t determine Seinfeld throughout a TV interview earlier this season. “A terrific participant, an important catcher. I’ve solely heard good issues about him.”
Now, he has matched one piece of Piazza’s Los Angeles legacy. Bellinger led off the fourth inning of Saturday’s first sport with a solo house run. It was his 35th of the season, matching Piazza’s Dodgers rookie file from 1993. It was one other milestone Bellinger stated he “couldn’t think about doing” earlier than making his main league debut on April 25 — however one which occupied his ideas as soon as he realized how shut he was.
“Clearly he was an important participant, had an important profession. So to be in the identical sentence with him is fairly cool,” Bellinger stated.
“I’d be mendacity if I stated it wasn’t at the back of my thoughts.”
Saturday’s record-tying house run was Bellinger’s first since Aug. 12, a stretch that included a 10-day timeout on the DL after spraining his proper ankle on Aug. 19. Bellinger had simply two hits in his first 13 at-bats after returning on Wednesday and admitted he was nonetheless attempting to get again in contact along with his swing.
“Slightly bit. I believe (when) you are taking a pair days off your swing goes to be off a bit of bit,” he stated. “I believe it takes 15, 20 at-bats to really feel comfy once more.
“We’ll see (if that adjustment interval is over). You may really feel good one at-bat and the subsequent one you’re not. That’s simply baseball.”
Bellinger has already defied plenty of baseball logic along with his precocious energy show this season. His 35th house run got here in his 105th profession sport. Solely Mark McGwire hit extra house runs (39) within the first 105 video games of his profession. Bellinger has 28 video games to match Wally Berger (1930) and Frank Robinson (1956) who share the Nationwide League file for house runs by a rookie, 38.
“He was going by a bit of lull after being activated from the DL,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “There’s no panic in him. He continues to compete, collect data.
“When he places the barrel on it, he’s going to slug. … And he’s solely going to get higher.”
The Dodgers will ship Wealthy Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenta Maeda to the mound for a three-game sequence in opposition to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium starting Monday. Those self same three starters had been lit up for 19 runs in 10 2/three innings because the Diamondbacks swept the Dodgers at Chase Subject earlier this week.
“It doesn’t matter. They only didn’t pitch properly,” Roberts stated. “We’ll be at house. They’re going to pitch higher. So far as the matchup, we’re not involved in regards to the matchup.”
Beginning with the Diamondbacks sequence, the Dodgers will face potential playoff opponents (the Diamondbacks, Rockies and Nationals) in 13 of their closing 26 video games.
Roberts acknowledged that “it is a bonus to the offense – any pitcher, any hitter will let you know that” to face a pitcher you may see within the postseason. “To get that visible” so near a possible playoff matchup is extra useful than video or scouting experiences.
However Roberts stated the Dodgers don’t plan to change their rotation in order that their probably playoff starters (Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Hill and Alex Wooden) will keep away from going through potential playoff opponents too usually down the stretch.
“Clearly, there’s a rotation, an order of pitchers we consider in,” he stated. “Proper now, we’re going to run them on the market.
“We play Arizona. We play Colorado. You’ll be able to solely manipulate a lot. In the event that they face Arizona or Colorado (within the playoffs), so be it.”
Roberts stated the Dodgers will follow a six-man rotation in the intervening time, that means Ryu and Maeda – who should not prone to begin within the postseason – may begin a few of these video games in opposition to the Diamondbacks, Rockies and Nationals.
With the intention to clear a 40-man roster spot for right-hander Wilmer Font who was known as up Saturday, the Dodgers designated right-hander Jordan Jankowski for project. Jankowski was claimed on waivers from the Houston Astros final month. He allowed 4 runs in three innings over 4 reduction appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis.