Don’t mess with Dodgers infielder Max Muncy on Twitter.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy wasn’t about to let a troll get away with calling him inappropriate names in questioning his approach at the plate on Twitter. He even used advanced stats to back up his argument.
After ESPN South Florida radio host Josh Cohen sent out a tweet calling Muncy “pathetic” for swinging at a 3-0 pitch against the Houston Astros on Tuesday, the Dodgers’ power-hitter clapped back.
"“I actually did have the green light,” Muncy tweeted in response to Cohen. “And with us having the lead it’s a perfect time to swing 3-0, career avg on 3-0 counts is .407, don’t try to act like you can play the game sitting on your couch.”"
Cohen used insulting words towards Muncy’s weight in the since deleted tweet after noting, “you swing with no need, and no green light with 2 in scoring position.”
The plate appearance in reference came in the top of the 8th inning with the Dodgers nursing a 5-2 lead. After AJ Pollock led off the inning with a single, Mookie Betts hit a double two batters later, setting up Muncy with runners on second and third and two out.
After taking three balls, Muncy swing at a 3-0 pitch and fouled it off. He then took a pitch for strike two, before grounding out on a 3-2 slider against Astros reliever Andre Scrubb.
Max Muncy knows how to hit with a 3-0 count.
While Muncy cited a .407 average on 3-0 counts, he was referencing his numbers in at-bats that started with a 3-0 count. His performance against the pitch immediately following a 3-0 count is even better: he is a .500 hitter on those situations in his career.
It makes you wonder why the radio host was so upset about Muncy swinging in a seemingly innocuous at-bat. Perhaps he has him on his fantasy team.
The Dodgers and Astros lived up to expectations in facing off for the first time since Houston’s cheating scandal from 2017 was revealed. Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly threw several pitches inside and behind Astros hitters, before both benches cleared in a non-contact confrontation near the Dodgers dugout.
The Dodgers won the game 5-2.