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Cody Bellinger Continues Rookie Season Tear

American League rookie sensation Aaron Judge has been tearing it up all year, but now over in the National League, Cody Bellinger is leaving his mark on the baseball world.

The 21-year-old phenom plays left field for the Los Angeles Dodgers and was called up at the end of April. He had tied Gary Sanchez's record for homers in his first 50 games with 19, and yesterday he became the fastest player to reach the 21 home run mark. 

In the 51st game of his career last night, Bellinger cracked his 20th career home run in the bottom of the first inning versus the New York Mets. The three-run shot gave the Dodgers a 4-0 lead, but it didn't stop there. After a home run from Justin Turner in the bottom of the second, Bellinger went back-to-back with him, cranking a solo shot to give the Dodgers a 7-0 lead. 

 

He ended the night going 3/5 with 4 RBI on top of his 2 HR, leading the Dodgers to a 10-6 win over the Mets. 

So the discussion has become "Is Cody Bellinger All-Star Game worthy?" While this impressive rate of home runs is quite the feat, several factors are holding him back.  Yes, most fans (even Giants fans!) want to see Bellinger play in the All-Star Game, but since he wasn't brought up until April 25th, his name is not on the All-Star Game ballots. This leaves the rookie in a tough situation, relying solely on write-in votes.  While he can receive player votes to get onto the roster as a reserve, it is unlikely that he will because he split time in the outfield and played some first base... and first base is VERY competitive in the NL this season. 

Evidently, these NL-leading first-basemen are having tremendous seasons, and while they do not match Bellinger's 21 home run mark, they do eclipse him in batting average by over 35 points each. 

So, is Bellinger All-Star Game worthy?

To compare his numbers to those of his American League rookie counterpart, Aaron Judge, we created a graphic to help break it down. 

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