Dodger Players Heading to the All Star Game in Washington D.C.
Looking through the Dodgers roster, the two most notable slights have to be Max Muncy and Ross Stripling. Both have been vital contributors to the team’s success in 2018 and both have been unfairly overlooked.
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Although Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Walker Buehler have all shown flashes of brilliance at times, Stripling has arguably been the Dodgers best pitcher this year. He has managed to solidify himself as one of the most consistent pitchers in the Dodger’s rotation and leads the team with a 7 – 2 record. In the National League, his 2.22 ERA trails only Jacob deGrom’s 1.79 ERA. Stripling has also been a model of control, posting nearly an 8 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio to lead the league this season. It’s hard to think he doesn’t deserve the nod.
Arguably, the biggest slight this year has to be Max Muncy. Muncy is the Dodger’s latest reclamation project causing NL teams to take note. He is putting up a current slash line of .270/.407/.610/1.017. His 20 HRs lead the Dodgers and are just 2 off the pace set by Nolan Arenado and Jesus Aguilar (in a lot fewer At Bats!). But his power isn’t just the result of being a free swinger who occasionally crushes one when he makes contact. He has shown amazing discipline at the plate, taking his walks and refusing to chase at pitches out of the strike zone. In fact, with a few more Plate Appearances, his 1.017 OPS will lead the NL and be 4th best in MLB.