Cody Bellinger is the MVP of the NL Championship Series.
All it took was a couple of big swings.
Bellinger hit a two-run homer to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 in Game 7 on Saturday night. Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year also singled home the winning run in the 13th inning of a 2-1 victory in Game 4.
The 23-year-old Bellinger opened the playoffs with an 0-for-15 slide and finished with just five hits in the series against Milwaukee. But he certainly made the most of them.
“All postseason I felt fairly good. I wasn’t seeing any results,” he said. “And luckily for me I’ve got a lot of veterans on this team. They said stick with the process and the results will come. And that’s exactly what I did and it showed.”
Bellinger’s .200 batting average matched Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. for the lowest by a position player selected MVP of a league championship series — with each coming this postseason in the year of the strikeout. Bellinger and Bradley face off in the World Series beginning Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
Bellinger and the Dodgers also played in the World Series last year, losing to the Houston Astros in seven games.
“We know how hard it is to make the World Series. To do it two years in a row is really special,” he said. “I know how lucky I am to be a part of it two years in a row.
“We’ve got a tough series against the Red Sox that’s coming up. But we’re going to enjoy this right now and get our mind turned around tomorrow.”
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