Cody Bellinger’s favourite time to hit occurs lengthy earlier than the ballpark opens to followers.
He finds solace throughout the 45-minute early batting apply periods the place “there’s no camera, no anybody and it’s not as controlled of an environment,” Bellinger defined to the Tribune.
“If I’m going to hit on the field, I prefer the early hitting slot because it’s peaceful — it’s just you on a baseball field and it’s super, super enjoyable.”
Outside of his early on-field work, Bellinger sometimes doesn’t take on-field BP together with his teammates at dwelling or on the highway. Bellinger as an alternative prefers to undergo his personal routine utilizing the indoor cage.
It’s a apply that has develop into extra widespread within the majors, amongst them most notably is Angels famous person Shohei Ohtani, who’s been identified for a way hardly ever he hits on the sphere pregame.
Early within the season Bellinger would take BP together with his teammates as a result of he felt like he needed to in a brand new group. He finally informed the Cubs teaching workers that he felt greatest working within the cage fairly than group BP, and so they have been absolutely on board with the adjustment to Bellinger’s routine.
“He’s so detailed and diligent with how he works and what he’s trying to get accomplished out of his work and a lot of times the on-field BP can get a little rushed … you hit and you have to wait for a minute or two minutes while the other three guys hit, so he just likes the controlled environment and likes to work at his own pace and then we can break things down when needed and go slower or as fast as we need,” hitting coach Dustin Kelly informed the Tribune.
“It wasn’t shocking to me in any respect, however it’s eye-opening with how he is aware of precisely what he wants. He is a superb communicator relating to how his physique feels, what his swing looks like, how he’s going to assault that pitcher.
Bellinger adopted the identical batting cage work when he performed for the Los Angeles Dodgers, solely taking pregame BP when he wished to get a visible on the flight of his fly balls. He recollects final hitting with the Cubs’ BP teams in San Diego originally of June when Bellinger was beginning his build-up course of within the return from the bone bruise in his left knee that sidelined him one month.
Bellinger’s typical 20-minute pregame cage routine options entrance tosses and quick BP adopted by a game-focused spherical of BP that mixes in location and the way he may be attacked by the opposing pitching workers. Beyond the every day work, he believes a number of components have contributed to his consistency.
“Understanding my body movement and my body patterns and being able to work out in the gym when I’m feeling weak, get those things stronger and translating that work to the cage, translating that feeling to the game,” Bellinger mentioned.
Bellinger’s dependable manufacturing has been the spine of the Cubs’ offensive success. He entered Wednesday main the Cubs together with his .310 common, .537 slugging share, 135 OPS+, 26 dwelling runs and 94 RBIs.
He’s pushed in probably the most runs by a Cubs hitter since Anthony Rizzo additionally tallied 94 in 2019. Bellinger’s leadoff double within the second inning Wednesday in opposition to the Pittsburgh Pirates led to the Cubs’ first run and an early lead.
“He’s great at taking information and then being able to utilize it,” Kelly mentioned. “So he’s just got a really good feel for what he needs on a day-to-day basis and we have the resources to be able to give him anything he needs.”