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Dodgers: Dave Roberts Calls Max Muncy a Top 3 Player in MLB Right Now

The highest of praise from Doc!



Thursday night was another day for Max Muncy to torment the Giants. Coming off of a series against them last weekend that saw him rock the Dodgers NL West rival, Max came through in a big moment once again. 

Muncy launched a solo shot off of Alex Wood in the bottom of the 6th to break a tie. That would prove to be the difference-maker in the game and would give the Dodgers their 31st win of the season. It also added to a ridiculous stretch of games that Max is having. 

In the month of May, Muncy has gone 26-for-74(.351) with 8 homeruns and 16 runs driven in. He’s playing absolutely out of his mind and has also earned 15 walks over that stretch. After the win on Thursday, Dave Roberts made a bold statement about his first baseman.

He’s been great. Robert [Van Scoyoc] and the hitting guys have worked through some mechanics. But Max, I think you could argue right now is one of the top 2 or 3 baseball players in the game playing the best in the game right now.

Muncy is among the top 6 in all over MLB right now in OPS. He is also the league leader in OBP and is 5 homeruns back of the 16 mark held by 2 players. His 42 walks are also number 1 in all of baseball, and he’s been a huge part of the Dodgers’ success. 

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Right now, he is the number 1 position player in bWAR with a 2.9 mark. And the argument can be made that he is the Dodgers most valuable player through the first couple months of the year. Even when he went through a rough stretch with the bat, he was still getting on base at a ridiculous clip. 

If Max Muncy stays hot, it’s going to be difficult to keep the Dodgers out of first place in the west. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Yes, I 100% agree on just the eye test alone. The pitchers know he’s a hard man to get out w/ his discipline @ the plate. His keen eye on balls/strikes is exceptional, solid line drive hitter, and power to all fields puts pressure on the opponent’s pitchers and mngr. Also his defense is a life-saver for the Dodgers. Saving countless bad throws by the infielders, diving into nets, and playing solid defense @ 2nd giving DR a lot of options. Also not to mention being the leader of not backing down when the opponents start acting up. He’s THE MAN !!!!!

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