Currently, it’s a two man race, for the NL MVP between Cody Bellinger and Milwaukee Brewer’s outfielder, Christian Yelich. Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna Jr., and Washington Nationals Anthony Rendon have been mentioned as well, but one name has not been mentioned, at all, during these MVP discussions: Max Muncy.
The Dodgers have a record of 85-44, and they have the best record in the Major League. They have 12 walk-off wins, thus far. Max Muncy has contributed to those walk-offs twice, but it seems he is being under-appreciated by baseball fans and analysts.
Since May 1st, here are Muncy’s numbers, compared to the MVP leader’s, Cody Bellinger:
Overall, Muncy’s hit 33 HR and 87 RBI after a slow start adjusting to playing second base earlier in the season.
I’m not saying he should be the MVP, but he should at least be in the MVP conversation. Muncy has delivered big hits for the Dodgers on numerous occasions, and this season, he’s proven to be the guy that the team can count on, whether he faces right-handed pitchers or left-handed pitchers.
Bellinger has proven that he can step up as well in the later innings against pitchers, but the difference is, Bellinger is getting noticed for that.
To put this into perspective, so far, this season, Muncy is ranked
- 9th in Runs
- 7th in Home Runs
- 11th in RBIs
- 15th in OPS.
Mos importantly, he has helped his team win games on the offensive and defensive end of the field with growth of his defensive skills, which were on full display in the 2019 All-Star game.
Muncy should be recognized not only for his consistent play, but also for his leadership, getting big hits, or walks, that help spark this amazing Dodgers offense.
Let the MVP voters talk, but we’re here to make sure that Max Muncy is part of that conversation.