Cody Bellinger off to historic start with Dodgers

SAN DIEGO, CA - MAY 6: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a grand slam during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on May 6, 2017 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)There was a moment two Fridays ago when Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated that sending Cody Bellinger back down to the minors was inevitable. Now, Bellinger has made it near-impossible for the team to part ways with his rare talent.

With a grand slam on Saturday, Bellinger became the fastest Modern Era player in Dodgers history to reach five home runs -- doing so in only 11 games. 

This surpasses even Yasiel Puig's sudden emergence in 2013, where the dynamic outfielder belted four home runs in his first five games before enduring a nine-game drought. Perhaps most impressive about Bellinger's becoming the fastest Dodger to hit the five-HR mark is that his first career homer did not come until the fifth game of the season. He has since recorded five in the past seven games.  

Bellinger also ranks first or tied for first among Dodgers through 11 games in the following categories, per True Blue LA:

  • First with 14 RBI 
  • Tied for first with 33 total bases 
  • Tied for first with seven extra-base hits

The Dodgers return to the field on Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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