Perhaps you are like me, and you are not a believer in the home run derby being a second-half killer. While I don’t really think the home run derby is useful or even entertaining, I also get why it exists. But no, I have never worried about a player’s swing after participating. Even when a Dodgers player has decided to participate. Max Muncy’s second-half slump does not do well for my opinions though.
The Dodgers have a 197 million dollar payroll and their team leaders in WAR are Chris Taylor and Max Muncy. What a world.
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) August 2, 2018
Just a few short weeks ago, Max Muncy was one of the first-half saviors for the Dodgers. He went into the All-Star break on top of the world and has fallen back to earth since then.
Muncy was hitting .271 before he participated in the home run derby. He had 22 home runs and had driven in 41 runs to go along with his .409 on-base percentage. He was doing so well, that many felt he should have been in the All-Star game itself. Things have been different since then.
In the second half, Muncy is hitting .192 with just two home runs and eight runs driven in. He is also getting on base at an incredibly low .283 mark. So not only is he not hitting, he is also not walking anymore.
Muncy walked 52 times in the first half or roughly 19 percent of all plate appearances. he has walked just five times in the second half, equating to a walk percentage of less than nine percent. His strikeouts have not exactly helped him out either. He is striking out in nearly 42 percent of his at-bats. A terribly high rate.
Whether or not the home run derby changes your swing, I can’t really answer. But I do know that Max Muncy is not the same player he was just a few short weeks ago. For future reference, perhaps Dodgers players should avoid participating from now on. Just to be safe.
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