If you missed Max Muncy’s latest home run, chances are you won’t have to wait long for the next one. The Dodgers’ slugger connected on dingers number 20 and 21 on Saturday, continuing a power surge that has seen him hit 18 over his last 51 games.
Max started the season slowly on the power front, hitting only 3 homers in his first 30 games on the season. Then, according to the All-Star, he and the Dodgers’ hitting coach staff got to work on his swing.
“We made some adjustments and they’re really starting to stick and it’s allowing me to react to a lot of pitches and get a good swing off on a lot of different pitches. That’s been the biggest difference. I think I’m able to react to balls better this year. I’ve always been a really good fastball hitter. But this year I feel like I’ve been able to react to a lot of different pitches and it’s not just selling out to the fastball anymore. I think it’s making me more of a complete hitter.”
After a broken finger sustained after getting hit by an errant pitch from former teammate Alex Wood last year during spring training 2.0, Muncy has off and on mentioned his struggles with inside pitches. More or less, he attributed it to a mental block that led to his worst regular season as a Dodger. Now he has put in the work to get back to being America’s Slugger.
After a 4 hit night, Max has his batting average back up to .278 on the season and still leads the National League in walks and on-base percentage. His .997 OPS only trails Padres star Fernando Tatis.