To no surprise, Cody Bellinger was named the National League Player of the Month for April. The last Dodger player to take home this honor was Justin Turner, who took home the honor for August last season.
It was a historic month for Bellinger, as he set essentially every MLB record prior to May 1. The records he set included RBI (37), base hits (47) and total bases (97). He also tied the record for most home runs hit with 14, as well as runs scored with 32.
On top of that, he led all of major league baseball in essentially every category as well. He led in those categories mentioned, as well as batting average (.431), on-base percentage (.508), slugging percentage (.890) and OPS (1.397).
.@Dodgers Cody Bellinger is the 1st player since Barry Bonds in 2004 to end April batting .430 or higher with at least 75 plate appearances.— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) May 2, 2019
Of the 18 occurrences in @MLB history, the best at season's end was Larry Walker's .366 mark in 1997.#LABleedsBlue pic.twitter.com/ICcH2J0q23
If it seemed like Cody Bellinger was always on base, it’s because he was. He had a hit in 30 of the teams first 31 games. According to Dodger Insider, he became the only player in baseball history with at least 45 hits, 14 home runs and 35 RBI before May.
At the moment, Bellinger leads all of baseball with a 3.7 WAR, which is one higher than the next closest player, Mike Trout (2.5).
Not only was it a historic month at the plate for Bellinger, he also delivered a Gold Glove caliber month as well. His 0.7 defensive WAR was the sixth best in baseball, and the second highest amongst outfielders.
Bellinger gave us arguably one of the greatest overall month’s in major-league baseball history, it’s only deserving he takes home the honor.