The Dodgers needed Max Muncy on Friday night. Looking to take a 1-game lead over the Giants in the Division Series, the Los Angeles offense went dead silent behind Walker Buehler. He gave up the early lead and San Francisco never looked back.
The offense was so bad that it was hard to ignore the fact that Max Muncy was sorely missed. The slugging Dodgers’ first baseman dislocated his elbow in the final game of the season and could potentially be out for most of the postseason.
But in the 2021 season, Muncy has owned the Giants. He slugged 8 homeruns and drove in 12 runs for the Dodgers in 19 games against their NL West rivals. And they really could have used him on Friday night against Logan Webb.
Muncy is just 3-for-12 in his career against Webb, but one of those hits was a homerun. He also ended his season going 3-for-8 in his final 3 games of the season despite having a rough September.
Matt Beaty went 0-for-3 and left a pair of runners on base as Muncy’s replacement. But it’s also difficult to ignore that the entire Dodgers lineup was terrible. Muncy would have been nice to have, but he wouldn’t have solved everything.