Two months ago, Cody Bellinger was in Oklahoma City, toiling away in the Pacific Coast League. Now, he leads the National League in home runs and has a spot in the MLB history books, to boot.
In the bottom of the first inning Monday at Chavez Ravine, the precocious Los Angeles Dodgers rookie took New York Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler deep to right-center for a three-run blast, tying him with Eric Thames for the NL lead and making him just the third player in history to reach 20 homers in the 51st game of his career.
He wasn’t done there, though, smacking another one an inning later to become the fastest player ever to 21 career homers while taking sole possession of the NL lead. His fifth multi-homer game also tied him with Mike Piazza for the Dodgers’ rookie record.
So, with more than half the season remaining, Bellinger, who has gone deep nine times in his last nine games, sits just 17 homers shy of the NL rookie record for home runs jointly held by Wally Berger (1930) and Frank Robinson (1956).