Max Muncy has been having some kind of month. The Dodgers first baseman got away from watching pitches and taking walks and started mashing in May. He’s combined for a slash line of .357/.478/.679 and has crushed 5 home runs.
So when Muncy did not appear in the Dodgers lineup on Friday night in San Francisco, there were some questions. Muncy has not hit well against left-handed pitchers, but Giants southpaw Alex Wood has had very odd reversed splits early on in the year.
Dave Roberts later cleared the air to say that he was resting Muncy and that it was not injury-related. The Dodgers will go with Albert Pujols at first base and Sheldon Neuse over at second. Muncy has played a lot more second base with the Pujols signing this week.
It does seem like an odd move considering that Muncy could have been rested on Thursday against Arizona. The Dodgers also have an off-day coming on Monday before heading to Houston for 2 games. Regardless, Muncy will be available to hit off of the bench should the need arise tonight.
Trevor Bauer gets the ball tonight for Los Angeles taking on former Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood. The hope is that Bauer can go very deep into the game considering that LA burned through a number of bullpen members on Thursday.