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Dodgers: Max Muncy and Joc Pederson Proving Regular Season Stats Don’t Matter in October

What a postseason from Joc and Max.



Postseason baseball is truly one of the crazier things in life. Anyone can be the hero on any given night, regardless of what’s been the narrative through their season or career. The Dodgers and their fan base are certainly no stranger to that scenario. 

The 2020 season brought enough challenges for Max Muncy and Joc Pederson. Adding in struggles on the field only made things more difficult for the Dodgers sluggers. Muncy dealt with a fractured finger during Summer Camp after being hit on the hand. Joc had to deal with some early pains of his own, as well as a private family medical emergency that kept him away from the team.

And now just one game away from being World Series Champions, Pederson and Muncy are flipping the script. After posting less-than-impressive numbers during the 60-game season, the two Dodgers hitters are lighting up the box score in the postseason. 

Since the Division Series, Joc has collected 13 hits in 33 at-bats(.393). Pederson has also slugged a pair of homeruns and driven in 8 runs in the process. Meanwhile, Muncy has become the silent hero of the World Series. He’s gone 7-for-18(.389) and posted a ridiculous .522 on-base percentage. 

All told the two are responsible for a hefty chunk of the offense during the World Series.  They’ve driven in 9 runs and scored 5 through the team’s 5 games. Looking at their regular season stats, they’re probably the last guys on the Dodgers roster that you would expect to be in the MVP conversation. It just goes to show you, the postseason is a whole new ballgame. 

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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. It’s good to see Joc ending his Dodger career with a big contribution to what we hope is a WS title. Unlike some players he has almost always stepped up in the postseason. And he’s always been a good soldier willing to try anything (First Base??) and the number one cheerleader in the dugout. I hope that he is able to move on to ateam where he can be more than platoon bat.

  2. It’s good to see Joc ending his Dodger career with a big contribution to what we hope is a WS title. Unlike some players he has almost always stepped up in the postseason. And he’s always been a good soldier willing to try anything (First Base??) and the number one cheerleader in the dugout. I hope that he is able to move on to a team where he can be more than platoon bat.

  3. Resign Joc, AJ is horrible in post season….keep em both….Kiki also….heart and soul…Jp…no doubt there….Ken-Leave….name says it….

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