Cody Freaking Bellinger

You cannot run on him.

Jim Rome
May 28, 2019 - 1:29 pm
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The day after Memorial Day is the day that many people start paying attention to baseball. And if you’re one of those people, it’s time you and I chopped it up about Cody Bellinger. I’m talking mostly to people on the East Coast, because those of us on the West Coast already know. But it seems like some of you on the East Coast don’t know about Cody Bellinger yet.

And I’m thinking specifically of the New York Mets, because for some reason, they tried Cody Belinger three times yesterday and all three times it failed miserably.

Let’s start in the top of the first inning. The Mets have runners on first and second when Todd Frazier steps to the plate. Roll it.

Michael Conforto, what are you doing? Why are you running on Cody Bellinger? Don’t you know about his arm? Okay, maybe you don’t, but when you get back to the dugout, tell your teammates, because Bellinger has a cannon.

He also has a bat, which is something the Mets apparently weren’t aware of either. Because in the third inning, he did this.

His 19th home run of the season and that was a bomb. Left the bat at more than 111 miles per hour and finally landed 440 feet later. Again, that’s his 19thhome run of the season. He’s currently hitting .383. He leads the NL in batting average, RBI, runs, slugging percentage, and O.P.S. He’s top six in the NL in at least eight categories. What I’m saying is that during this two month run, he’s in Barry Bonds territory – the “just don’t pitch to him” territory.

But the Mets did and they paid the price.

But pitching to him in the third wasn’t nearly as big a mistake as what they did in the eighth inning. The Mets were threatening, they had loaded the bases with two out in the eighth, when this happened.

That throw, though. Seriously. Completely and utterly ridiculous. That is stupid in the crazy and insane way. And trying to run on him is just stupid in the, well, stupid way.

Dave Roberts estimated that throw went at least 300 feet in the air. That’s the length of a football field, right on the money.

And Bellinger said it was kind of simple: "The mentality was just throw it as hard as I could. I didn't think I had a chance at home, so I just set my sights to third and just tried to throw it accurate."

It was accurate all right and it got Carlos Gomez for the third out. Gomez still thinks he made the right call: "If the throw isn't perfect and the ball hits me, the game's going to be 8-7 with a runner on second. For me, if I'm on second again, I go to third -- a hundred times."

And I agree with him, if it’s anyone other than Bellinger throwing that ball, that is the right call. If it’s Bellinger and he’s already shown you what he can do earlier in the game, don’t test him.

One of the time-honored rules of baseball is never be the first or third out at third base.

Here’s another time-honored rule: never run on Cody Bellinger. Never.

You cannot run on him. He fired that frozen rope and then dropped the MJ shrug on the way back to the dugout.

And this is a guy who had barely played right field before this season. Now he’s gunning fools down like that. And absolutely raking at the plate. Single-handedly winning games. Getting MVP chants. And getting compared to some of the best to ever play the game.

As Dave Roberts said "You have to be careful when you're talking about Mike Trout, because that's longevity too. But for a two-month span, that's kind of what you're talking about."

Over the last two months, that’s kind of what we’re talking about. And if you didn’t know, now you know.