So much for the Home Run Derby ruining Cody Bellinger.
The age-old fear of a meaningless competition supposedly messing with the swings of the best hitter in baseball is a ridiculous myth. How do we know this?
Example A: the aforementioned Cody Bellinger.
The home run is far from the easiest part of hitting for the cycle, but Bellinger got it out of the way early.
The Dodgers star completed the cycle in the seventh inning with a triple. The official scorer had to intervene, but it was ruled as such. With the three-bagger, Bellinger became the first Dodgers rookie EVER to hit for the cycle.
This kid is unbelievable. He's had a profound impact on LA since his call-up. Initially, the former top prospect forced Dave Roberts' hand, making him go back on his previous word that Bellinger was just an early-season call-up.
He's the most dangerous hitter in an LA lineup that includes Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Yasiel Puig and eventually Adrian Gonzalez.
You have to be kidding me.