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4 MLB Teams Have a Lower WAR Than Cody Bellinger This Season

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 17: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on May 17, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Dodgers won 6-0. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Joe Robbins

Cody Bellinger might be a superhuman. The Dodgers outfielder is having a historic, MVP-caliber campaign, and in doing so he currently owns a better WAR than the Marlins, Orioles, Tigers, and Giants. That's four entire teams that trail Cody Bellinger in WAR, which is absolutely absurd.

Bellinger's WAR of 4.7 is tops in the MLB this year, and it puts him on pace to beat Babe Ruth's single-season record for WAR of 14.1 –– a record that has lasted for 96 years.

The Dodgers superstar, who won the Rookie of the Year award in 2017, is batting .394 with 17 home runs and getting on base at nearly a 50% clip. Are these numbers sustainable for the whole season? Unlikely. Still, these stats are illustrative of just how dominant Bellinger has been through 50 games this year.

Regardless of Bellinger's unbelievable season, this is still flat-out embarrassing for the four franchises who have been unable to match his WAR. These teams haven't enjoyed much success this season, and it shows when you look at the numbers. As of May 17, the Marlins' team had a lower OPS than the Mets' pitching staff.

John Means' 1.5 WAR tops the Orioles this season, and Andrew Cashner is the only other player on the team with a tally above 1. Detroit's Matt Boyd leads the team with 2.5, while Evan Longoria and Pablo Sandoval's 1.2 WAR are the best in San Francisco. The Marlins have just one player with more than 0.8 wins above replacement, as Caleb Smith has logged a 1.6 thus far.

The takeaways from these statistics are two-fold. For one, Cody Bellinger may be in the midst of one of the greatest offensive seasons in history. On the flip side, though: the Marlins, Orioles, Tigers, and Giants are in for a long summer.