That injury to Max Muncy is certainly looming large for the Dodgers. In a worst case scenario, the team lost its All-Star first baseman in the final game of the regular season after an ugly collision at first base dislocated his left elbow and has kept him sidelined since.
In four postseason games, Dave Roberts has deployed three different starters at first base, none yielding phenomenal results. Matt Beaty went 0-6 in two starts. Cody Bellinger started a game and went 1-4 with a 2-run double. And tío Albert Pujols started and went 2-2 on Monday night in Los Angeles.
Saddled without the team’s leader in home runs and runs batted in, Roberts has tried a bit of everything to fill the void. And, as of postgame last night, he really has no idea who will start in Tuesday’s do-or-die game 4.
As far as [Tuesday]… when you’re trying to replace Max Muncy, you’ve gotta kind of piece it together for that spot. Like I’ve said early, just because you start the game you might not finish. Trying to get the right matchups. So, I gotta think through it, but the guys at first base have done a nice job.
Nice job or not, anyone Dave runs out there certainly won’t carry the same fear factor as Max Muncy.
Anthony DeSclafani gets the ball for the Giants tonight at Dodger Stadium, where he’s struggled over his career. In 5 starts in LA, the right-hander has a 3.90 ERA (12 ER, 27.2 IP). Moreover, against the Dodgers in his career, he’s been even worse posting a 5.84 ERA in 12 starts. Finally, in 2021 alone, DeSclafani has a 7.33 ERA in 6 starts against LA but blanked them for 6 shurout innings in September.
Of the first base options for the Dodgers, Albert Pujols is 1-3 in his career, Matt Beaty has never faced him, and likely starter Cody Bellinger has just 1 hit in 12 at-bats (.083).