Cody Bellinger Saves the Season

Cody Bellinger Saves the Season

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Cody Bellinger Saves the Season

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In the bottom of the eighth inning on Tuesday down 5-2, the hope that Los Angeles Dodgers fans had coming into the playoffs was dwindling. Already down two games to none in the series, dropping game three would be about as good as a death sentence in terms of winning the series. Only one team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in a seven-game series.

Cody Bellinger was not going to let the Dodgers be sentenced to a full offseason of contemplating over what had gone wrong. With two runners on, and two strikes on him, Bellinger blasted a high fastball deep into the Dodger Stadium seats in right center. Right fielder Joc Pederson watched as Dodger fans erupted and the 399-foot shot sailed over his head to tie up the game.

This started a bit of a rally to finish the eighth inning, scoring one more run when Mookie Betts doubled into the right center gap to score Chris Taylor who singled and stole second after the home run. The Dodgers left the inning up by one run, and only needing three outs to bring the series within one game.

Kenley Jansen slammed the door shut by striking out the side to secure the comeback win for the Dodgers.

The 106-win Dodgers started the series off slowly in Atlanta, losing on walk off singles in both games. 

Coming into the series, the Dodgers were heavily favored over the 88-win Braves who limped their way to winning their division after losing some major players to injuries, Ronald Acuña who was putting up MVP numbers being the biggest loss.

Regardless of how many wins separate teams in the regular season, both teams come into the series with 0 wins, and anything can happen in a short seven games. They’re on an even playing field and nobody cares about what they have done the past six months

It felt like a major upset was inevitable before Bellinger’s home run, but the Dodgers reminded the baseball world how they were able to win 106 games. A big part being an extremely deep lineup with no breaks for opposing pitchers other than the 2019 MVP who had a very tough year.

Bellinger posted a 48 wRC+ in 2021 and had an fWAR of -0.8. It was a season that I’m sure he and Dodgers fans both want to forget. He was able to do just that on Tuesday with his big home run. After all, the goal is to win the World Series, and all will be forgiven if you deliver in big spots in October.

Bellinger also delivered big in game five of the NLDS against the Giants when he singled in the game winning run in the top of the 9th. He has been the Dodgers unlikely postseason hero so far this October. 

Because of Bellinger, the Dodgers have a chance to tie the series up on Wednesday at home with Julio Urias on the mound. Because of Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers 2021 World Series hopes are still alive.

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