Cody Bellinger Fastest to 21 Home Runs

Through two innings in tonight’s Los Angeles Dodgers game, Cody Bellinger has two home runs in what is now a 7-1 game against the New York Mets. The home runs hit for Bellinger were his record tying 20th home run in 51 games, and then recording breaking 21st home run.

His 20th home run tied him with Wally Berger (1930) and Gary Sanchez (2016) for fastest to 20 home runs to start their career in 51 games.

Bellinger’s second home run in the second inning of the game broke the tie and gave Bellinger the fewest games ever to hit 21 home runs.

Through his first 51 games, Bellinger has hit .268/.340/.663 with 21 home runs and a 154 wRC+ in 212 PA.

Last week I wrote about the red hot starts to the careers of New York Yankee sluggers Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge. Through their first 51 games, Sanchez hit .312/.386/.693 with 20 home runs and a 183 wRC+, with Judge hitting .238/.333/.530 with 14 home runs and a 126 wRC+ respectively.

Bellinger has yet to get the hype that Sanchez got in 2016 and Judge has in 2017, but he’s right up there with both. Something amazing to consider when comparing him to the Yankees sluggers, Sanchez was in his age 23 season last year and Judge is in his age 25 season this year. Cody Bellinger is still just 21 years old.

Another thing to consider is that his 20th and 21st home runs have done were tying Eric Thames for the NL lead in home runs, and then take sole possession of the NL home run lead. As well, because Bellinger was called up on 4/25, rather than starting the season outright with the Dodgers, he is still yet to qualify for the MLB leader boards.

As far as the Dodgers are concerned, they have not had a 40 home run hitter since Adrian Beltre’s magical 2004 season when he hit 48. Matt Kemp fell one shy in his MVP runner-up 2011 season. Other than Kemp’s 2011, the Dodgers have not had a single 30 home run hitter. Adrian Gonzalez has their most in that time with 28 in 2015.

The way Bellinger has been going, it has Dodger fans not only thinking of a 30-plus home run season, but the Dodgers first 40-plus home run season since 2004.

As a fun way to end this, tonight Bellinger tied a former power-hitting Dodger with his fifth multi-home run game as a rookie: