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Biggest Dodger Surprise: The Case For Max Muncy

Mad Max is showing that he was no flash in the pan.

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy came into the 2019 season with big cleats to fill, his own.  Coming off of a break out 2018 season where he went from zero to hero, every Dodger fan wondered if he would be able to to replicate that performance.  Despite a slow Spring Training and April in which that question grew louder, Muncy has been just as good in 2018.  In fact, he’s been better.

Offensive Case

So far in 2019 Max Muncy has a .266/.366/.531 slash line to go with an impressive 22 HRs, 60 RBIs, and 3.6 WAR.  More impressively, from May 1st – All Star Break, he’s been keeping pace, even out performing Cody Bellinger in some offensive categories.

Defensive Case

Beyond his exceptional offense this year Funky Muncy’s improved glove work has been a welcome surprise as well.  Max Muncy has committed 9 errors across his time between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base this year, just a slight improvement over the 12 he had through the same amount games (87) last year.

While the improvement in errors committed might be small, his value in defensive runs saved (DRS) has been quite the transformation.  Last year, he was viewed as a defensive liability, he posted a -4 DRS at 1st base and a 0 DRS at 2nd and 3rd.  This year however, he has surprised everyone and become a defensive asset. So far, this season he has posted a 2 DRS at 1st and 2nd base and a more impressive 4 DRS for his little time at 3rd base.

Max Muncy has shown he’s not a one-hit wonder offensively and combined with his ability to now play sound defense at 1st, 2nd, or 3rd base, he has certainly earned his starting role on the team.  The Dodgers will rely on the continued success of the All-Star infielder as they enter the second half and on into the post-season.

Written by Jason McClure

Technically a Dodgers bandwagon fan. At 5 years old, I decided they were my favorite team after hearing they won the World Series on my mom’s car radio in 1988. My father (technically my stepfather) watered that seed, teaching me the game and introducing me to the beauty of Dodger Stadium. We got to know each other and bonded over games. Even when we couldn’t get along during my teenage years, we could come together over Vin Scully’s voice and a game. Dodger baseball is, and will always be, so much more than just a game.

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  1. I thought he was a one year wonder also. To win the World Series the Dodgers cannot have sub-220 hitters in the line-up no matter how good their gloves might be, Therefore, Muncie should be starting every game at second base. Do you agree… bench Kiki

    • WJeff,

      I agree, Kike needs to start less. Joc is an odd man out though too, can’t hit lefty’s. So I think Muncy should stay at 1st, Taylor takes 2nd. Joc/Kike fill in roles.

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