With the All-Star Game taking place next week, the Dodgers have not been slowing down. With five consecutive walk-offs and outstanding starting pitching, there is no shock that they still hold the best record in all of baseball.
With the best record in all of baseball, the Dodgers surprisingly had only one position player make the All-Star roster, Cody Bellinger.
They’ll be sending three of their starters as well, in Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Hyun-Jin Ryu. However, there is somebody who is noticeably missing from the roster, Max Muncy.
After a breakout campaign in 2018, many wondered if he would sustain the same level of success he had. He answered those questions, as he’s had arguably a better start to his 2019 season than his 2018 season. Aside from Bellinger, he has been extremely hot this season, hitting .276 and has a WAR of 3.4, amongst one of the highest in all of baseball.
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He had an on-base streak of 35 games, which was the second longest in all of baseball this season. Currently, he has 21 home runs. On top of that, he has 59 RBI and an OPS of .921, which is impressive, to say the least.
With the stats that were mentioned above, only six players in baseball have at least those numbers, and five of them are going to be in the All-Star game. The lone player who isn’t? Max Muncy.
Though his hitting should be enough to get him in, another important feature about Muncy is his versatility. He has played all over the infield this season, including time at first base, second base, third base, and shortstop. Not only is he able to move around so much, but he’s also able to do so with above-average defense at each position.
Although Muncy did not get his All-Star spot, it does not discredit his unbelievable season. As a powerhouse offensively and agility defensively, we can only expect more great things from him in the second half of the season. And don’t forget to tune in to support his fellow teammates on Tuesday, July 9th for the All-Star game.