Dodgers: Running through the options to replace Max Muncy

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 04: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 04: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 04: Matt Beaty #45 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI double in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

With Max Muncy out of the lineup until sometime next week, Dave Roberts and the Dodgers are again faced with an injury situation.

Luckily for the Dodgers though, Muncy is not too difficult to replace, at least in terms of his position and maybe even his bat to some extent.  Max is scheduled to undergo further tests today to determine the extent of his injury.

While Muncy’s power will be missed, the team has plenty of defensively-inclined options to fill in at second base or to play first base in Mad Max’s absence.

On August 28, Muncy’s last game in the lineup, he hit 2nd and played second base. The night after his injury, Matt Beaty mans the two-hole in the lineup, while Kiké Hernandez is playing second base.

Will this be Robert’s lineup of choice going forward, or at least until Muncy comes back?

Well, that certainly is one option. Another, when lefties are on the mound, is for Bellinger to play first and Taylor to play second with Hernandez manning first base. This lineup would help keep the splits going in the Dodgers favor, at least in theory. Beaty has not hit lefties at all, with a .148 in 27 at-bats in this, his rookie season.

So what are all of the options to replace Muncy this week? I’ll run through all of them in this article, not comparing them to Muncy, but to each other, to see who gives the team the best chance to win without the fan-favorite in the lineup.

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