Bellinger Debuted

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

Tuesday, neither Clayton Kershaw nor Trevor Bauer pitched well in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 7-to-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Tuesday marked the return of Cody Bellinger to the lineup. In Game 7 of the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves, following his game-winning home run, Bellinger separated shoulder. Though he played in the World Series, except Game 4 because of a sore lower back, he did not perform well offensively. In November, Bellinger underwent shoulder surgery. Throughout spring training, despite not appearing in an exhibition game, Bellinger was on a schedule to be ready for Opening Day.

In three at-bats, Bellinger did not have a hit but proved his shoulder was strong. If he feels okay tomorrow, Bellinger will DH tomorrow.

Kershaw struggled with his control. He allowed two solo home runs to the first two batters of the game. After the first two innings of the game, he settled down. His curveball was outstanding.

Bauer did not have a good performance in his five innings. His pitch quality was not good nor his control. Even with his modern training techniques, Bauer is an ordinary right-handed starter. From the outside looking into the clubhouse, Bauer appears egoistical, but according to manager Dave Roberts, Bauer has been the “perfect teammate.”

Before spring training began, Matt Beaty seemed to be a lock for the Opening Day roster. While Beauty has had a decent spring, Matt Davidson and DJ Peters have outperformed Beaty. With the uncertainty surrounding Bellinger, Peters should make the team since he can play stellar center field defense. Davidson has been a hitting machine this spring, and he can pitch even though he has not pitched for the Dodgers.

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