The Los Angeles Dodgers took care of business and kicked the San Francisco Giants to the curb in their little two-game set this week before heading to the nation’s capital.
After five straight wins, the Dodgers have climbed back into second place in the NL West and sit just 1.5 games behind San Fran.
Kudos to the pitching staff, which has allowed just eight runs total over the last five games. Elite stuff.
But the bigger story is slugger Max Muncy quite literally owning the Giants. And it seems it all started when Muncy told Madison Bumgarner to go get his home run out of the ocean after the left-hander wasn’t happy with him admiring one of his moonshots.
The Dodgers and Giants have played nine times in 2021. Muncy has homered in SEVEN of those games.
It doesn’t matter who’s pitching. He puts one out almost every time.
Max Muncy should be the legal guardian of the San Francisco Giants.
Feast your eyes on these ridiculous splits that Muncy has against the division rivals for his career:
- .264/.391/.664 (1.055 OPS) with 30 runs scored, 15 home runs and 27 RBI in 44 games (35 starts)
Are you … kidding me? He simply must love the drama because we have no other explanation for this. Oddly enough, he also rakes against the Padres and Rockies but isn’t very good against the Diamondbacks.
His dominance over the Giants couldn’t have been maintained at a better time, either. San Fran is surprising all of MLB with their blistering first half of the season and the Dodgers need to keep pace with the Padres also on their tail as they continue to weather the injury storm.
Muncy should be an NL All-Star this year. He leads the the NL in walks and on-base percentage. He’s been the Dodgers’ lone constant alongside Justin Turner as they’ve dealt with a revolving door of different starters due to the absences of Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Zach McKinstry and AJ Pollock at different junctures over the last three months.
But nothing stands out more than Muncy’s performance against the team’s most heated rival. The bad news for the Giants? They have to endure an entire second half of this … and it’s an odd year. See ya after the break, guys.