Bellinger Homered

Thursday, March 18, 2021
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

Under cloudless skies, on a beautiful Thursday afternoon at Talking Stick, the Los Angeles Dodgers tied the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7 runs apiece.

While David Price did not pitch that well, he had two hits. In 2.2 innings, he threw 49 pitched 49 pitches and allowed 7 hits and 2 runs. At this time during spring training, pitchers typically go through a “dead arm” period. Over the last week, the Dodger pitchers have not performed well.

Dennis Santana, who had good spring training, did not pitch well Thursday.

Mookie Betts has had a super spring training. Thursday, he had three hits. Since he is a Major-League superstar, nobody is surprised that Betts is having great spring.

Cody Bellinger had two hits, including a home run. This spring he has a new batting stance designed to allow him to hit inside pitch. After he debuted Tuesday, the media worried about his new stance since he looked off-balance. This stirred up unreasonable fear. Manager Dave Roberts was not worried about Bellinger since Bellinger felt comfortable with his new stance. Thursday, he will have success in the 2021 regular season. Also, Bellinger made a spectacular catch in center field, prevented the Diamondbacks from the winning run.

The results during spring training are meaningless. This is difficult for fans to understand. In the past, I thought spring training results meant something; after all, the 1988 Dodgers had 21 wins.

This spring training there are rule changes, underlying the importance how to protect pitchers’ health. The “uncle” innings keeps the final score lower than it should have been. Thursday’s game was only the seven-inning affair, and undoubtedly, the Dodgers would have scored more than 7 runs.

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