The Dodgers have gotten everything they could’ve wanted and more since Max Muncy broke out last season. Now Muncy accomplished a rare Dodger feat.
The Dodgers defeated the Braves in a highly anticipated potential postseason preview on Friday. Max Muncy also accomplished a feat not done by a Dodger since the 2001-2002 season. That is hitting thirty or more home runs in back to back seasons. Shawn Green last accomplished that for the blue in 2001 and 2002.
In 2001, Green slugged 49 home runs, the current single-season home run record for the Dodgers. Shawn backed up that record-setting season with another great season in 2002 when he mashed 42 home runs. Ever since then, there have been Dodgers that reached forty home run seasons, but none that hit at least thirty home runs in back to back years.
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For Max Muncy, the feat tying home run was not a cheap one. With the Dodgers trailing 3-2 in the top of the seventh inning, Muncy blasted a three-run shot beyond the centerfield wall. Justin Turner then went back to back and put the Dodgers up by a 6-3 lead that they would never relinquish.
It’s been quite the story for Max Muncy who will turn 29 years old later on this month. Before last season he was beginning to look like a career minor leaguer. Then he broke out last season with 35 home runs in a season that nobody saw coming. Even after last season, there were still some doubts about whether he could do that again or if he was a one year wonder.
In addition to his power, Muncy has become more versatile this season playing a very solid second base. Outside of Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner, there isn’t a more valuable hitter on the team. In addition to Muncy’s feat, the Dodgers set two records on Friday night.
The Dodgers accomplished two other home run feats in Friday night’s victory. They set the MLB record for most consecutive games with four home runs at five games. Another record they set was the most home runs in a five-game stretch with 22 home runs. With the offense beginning to fire on all cylinders, there should not be a power outage anytime soon.