Dodgers: The Three Biggest Surprises of the First Half

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 02: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated for his 3 run home run by Logan Forsythe #11 and Max Muncy #13 as Jacob Stallings #58 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on at the plate in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 02: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated for his 3 run home run by Logan Forsythe #11 and Max Muncy #13 as Jacob Stallings #58 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looks on at the plate in the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium on July 2, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an rbi single to deep right field during the seventh inning of their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Dodger Stadium on July 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /

The surprising emergence of Max Muncy

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The Dodgers lost Justin Turner back in spring training and figured the club would struggle offensively trying to replace both Turner and Corey Seager in the lineup.  Early on the Dodgers did struggle, things didn’t turn around until late May and that is when Max Muncy started blasting balls out of Dodger Stadium.

Max Muncy had five career big league home runs in just over 200 at-bats with the Oakland A’s.  This season with a little over 200 at-bats, Muncy has 22 home runs and earned himself a spot in the home run derby later on today, despite failing to win the National League’s final all-star vote.  One of the things that has made Muncy so good, is his ability to hit left-handed pitching.  This season, mad Max has a .333 batting average against southpaw pitchers.

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Not only is Max Muncy leading the Dodgers in home runs, he has also been a very versatile player, seeing time at third base, second base, and first base.  Muncy is still a work in progress at second base but he has shown signs that he can handle it on numerous occasions.  Having Max Muncy is going to allow the Dodgers to give more rest to guys like Justin Turner who is still bothered by his wrist on occasion.

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