Dodgers and Bellinger Continue To Roll

 Cory Bellinger (Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
Cory Bellinger (Photo by Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer

The Los Angeles Dodgers went 7-3 last week on the way to leading the N.L.West over the Padres. The men in blue went on the road and took two of three games from the Cubs and swept the Pirates at Dodger Stadium.

Cody Bellinger is on a torrid pace leading the league in many categories (at press time including; batting average (.443), slugging percentage (.910), homeruns (15), runs (29), and RBI’s (33). He also has 89 total bases, the most of any player before May 1.

Rookie Alex Verdogo is second in the league with two triples and fourth in slugging percentage. The Dodgers have timely hitting in that Bellinger is the only Dodger to be hitting over .300.

“I think the whole team approach is predicated on making good at bats, passing the baton getting guys in from third”, said the Dodgers Andrew Friman. “We have a mature group that has bought into our hitting guys.”

Hyn-Jin Ryu (3-1) got the first one against the Pirates going seven innings striking out 10 with no walks.   Ryu has only walked two of the 107 batters he’s faced this season. He has been a gem at Dodger Stadium going 7-2 in his last 10 starts and has an era of 2.76.