In an age of advanced statistics, scoreboards at stadiums are forever presenting new information. That is certainly the case at Petco Park, where the Padres often display some wild numbers out on their right-field scoreboard. That includes fWAR as well as batting average on balls in play. So when the Dodgers were in town this weekend, that was something new to see.
When Max Muncy was asked about his performance on Friday, he brought up the idea of stats on scoreboards. He spoke about wanting to look at his OPS rather than batting average. That would make sense since the Dodgers infielder is hitting just .152 entering Sunday’s contest.
But in terms of OPS, Muncy is putting up okay numbers. His .654 mark up to this point is far below his career average with the Dodgers, but it’s much better than the batting average suggests. You can thank the walks he has drawn for that. (quote via the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett)
“I like when the scoreboards do the OPS instead of batting averages. That looks much nicer. It doesn’t hurt as bad because I still get on base. Yeah, when you see the OPS it’s a little bit nicer.”
Muncy has struggled to get going in the early part of the season. But he is walking in 19 percent of his plate appearances, which puts him up near the top of the league. In terms of contact, he’s not barreling many balls and his average exit velocity is down. But getting on base certainly helps.
Recovering from a torn UCL sustained at the end of last season, Muncy has said that he doesn’t expect to be fully healed until 2023. And maybe that is the case. But the Dodgers need him to at least continue to get on base. That’s where so much of his value lies.
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