Everyone is talking about Aaron Judge, as he’s baseball’s large adult son who also happens to be leading the majors in homers. What has he done for us lately, though? He hasn’t hit a dinger in days! No, now we love the even newer thing: Cody Bellinger.
The Dodgers’ rookie hit a pair of homers on Monday, giving him the NL lead with 21 … despite the fact Bellinger has only played in 51 games since he began the year in Triple-A. That last bit makes him the fastest ever to reach 21 big-league homers.
OK, fine. We don’t need to pick between the two: We have enough appreciation for both. Judge is 25 and debuted in 2016, but he didn’t play enough to lose his rookie status. Bellinger is only 21 and wasn’t even supposed to be here right now, but Dodgers injuries forced an early call-up and further injuries kept him here. Now, it’s hard to imagine the Dodgers without Bellinger, given he’s slugging .658. And even with him around, Los Angeles remains a half game out of first in the NL West.
One of the big stories in the league over the first few weeks of the season was how poorly the Blue Jays were playing to begin the year. We try not to make sweeping generalizations based on early-season performances, but wins in April are worth just as much as wins in September.
There was a point where it looked like the Blue Jays had already buried themselves, and people were talking about how their window was closed. In fact, there were even some whispers about whether or not they should trade Josh Donaldson in the summer. It was a dark time in Toronto.