Giants' domination of Dodgers' Bellinger has been historic

Cody Bellinger

Giants fans have a lot to be happy about right now.

Their favorite team has the best record in MLB, and has maintained that spot for nearly two full months. San Francisco just took three of four on the road from the Dodgers, closing out the series with consecutive ninth-inning rallies that resulted in back-to-back gut-punches for Los Angeles. Dave Roberts was ejected on both occasions, and Thursday's come-from-behind victory caused noted Giants killer Max Muncy to lose his mind in frustration.

And if that wasn't enough, the Giants are dominating Dodgers star Cody Bellinger to an historic degree.

Bellinger went 0-for-4 at the plate on Thursday, and 0-for-14 in the series overall. On the season as a whole, Bellinger is hitting 0-for-27 against San Francisco with 11 strikeouts.

Yeah, seriously.

As Audacy Sports' Jordan Cohn noted Friday, that puts Bellinger in company he most certainly doesn't want to be keeping. According to Baseball-Reference, there have now only been 18 instances (including Bellinger) throughout MLB history in which a player had zero hits in at least 25 at-bats against a single opponent within a season. And only seven of those players had more at-bats against the opponent than the 27 Bellinger has had against the Giants this season.

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The all-time record was set in 1974 by Cleveland Indians outfielder John Lowenstein, who went 0-for-35 against the Texas Rangers. The Giants and Dodgers play six more times this season, including a three-game series at Oracle Park next week.

If the Giants' domination of Bellinger continues, he could be at the top of that list before long.

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