Should I stay or should I go?
The Dodgers are coming up upon a moment of decision. They brought up their best prospect Cody Bellinger to fill the void of Joc Pederson who hit the ten day DL. The first few games saw Bellinger struggle which led to Dave Roberts proclaiming that no matter what Bellinger did he was going back to AAA when Joc was eligible to come off the DL.
Before Bellinger got the call three Dodgers were struggling. Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles, and Adrian Gonzalez. It just so happens that Bellinger could play any of those positions. Toles got the message and went on a tear putting up a .942 OPS since being asked to play CF. Adrian didn’t get the message.
I don’t know if Dave Roberts said what he said in earnest or not. Maybe he was being the player psychologist trying to take all the pressure off of Bellinger. Whatever the reason, Bellinger himself has been on a tear, and now posts a .993 OPS in limited at-bats. Bellinger has shown all his skills, power, speed, and the ability to play a good left field.
The one skill he has yet to show is if he can play 1st base.
Adrian Gonzalez has never gone on the DL in his major league career. If he really is a team player it is time he did, and get that elbow cleared up, because right now the best option for the Dodgers to win, is a healthy Bellinger at 1st base and Adrian getting healthy. That could change quickly, but you’d be hard-pressed to convince me that Bellinger shouldn’t be on this team come Friday.