The Dodgers have been ravaged by injuries all year and they took another hit in the regular season finale this past Sunday when Max Muncy left the game with a left arm injury that could keep him out of the lineup for the entire postseason.
With Muncy out for the upcoming Wild Card Game between the Dodgers’ long time postseason nemesis, the St. Louis Cardinals, we discuss who should start at first base between Albert Pujols, Matt Beaty and Cody Bellinger. Having the Cardinals legend, Albert Pujols take over at first base is a compelling storyline, but the future Hall of Famer has struggled mightily against right-handed pitching this season. Pujols has a slash line of .180/.233/.266 vs. righties and is 1-10 vs. Adam Wainwright in his career.
A better option could be going with Matt Beaty, who finished the season on a high note Sunday, going 3-3 including his first career home run off a lefty in 56 at bats. Also, Beaty has a more respectable .750 OPS with 6 home runs vs. righties this season and would fill in nicely as a left-handed bat.
Finally, Bellinger’s struggles have been well documented this year, but he’s another option for the Dodgers to consider as his defense is superior to Beaty’s and Pujols’. Additionally, the former MVP is 4-for-13 in his last six games with a home run and has put together better at bats of late.
Next, we break down how much the Dodgers’ offense will miss its team leader in home runs (36) and RBI (94) and if they have the depth to replace his production in October. Plus, was Jayce Peterson’s collision with Max Muncy at first base a “dirty” play?
WATCH: Max Muncy Update, Was Jace Peterson Dirty, Who Will Play First Base? Pujols, Beaty or Bellinger?
Looking for more Dodgers News? Subscribe to our YouTube Channel! Subscribe and hit that notification bell to stay up to date on all the latest news, updates, rumors, interviews, live streams, and more!