Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed faith Friday night in Bellinger and again Saturday afternoon.
The easy answer is the Pac-12 and the Big 12, simply because they are the only two Power 5 conferences that don’t have any undefeated teams left. The Pac-12 has the most reason to be concerned. The South is guaranteed to have at least a two-loss winner. The North needs to hope Washington runs the table, because it’s the only one-loss team remaining in the league.
It’s more complicated in the Big 12. What if the committee gives Oklahoma more credit than it is currently being given in the polls? TCU’s loss hurt the league, no way around it, but with three one-loss teams sitting near the top of the standings, the Big 12 also has more contenders still hanging on than the Pac-12 does. The problem is they all still have to play each other, starting with Oklahoma at Oklahoma State on Saturday.
“He’s got that calmness about him,” Roberts said. “And when things speed up, he has a way of sort of resetting and not letting it spiral.”
During batting practice, Bellinger tried to emulate teammates Andre Ethier and Logan Forsythe by hitting the ball to the opposite field.
“I was always told these really good hitters hit the ball the other way in BP and I had never done it, and I wanted to try it,” he said. “I hit every ball in BP today to the left side of the infield. I’ve never done that before in my life. Usually I try to lift. I needed to make an adjustment.”
However, Ajayi came on strong after the incident and helped propel the Dolphins’ playoff run that included winning nine of their last 11 games. Ajayi had three 200-yard games during that stretch.