The Los Angeles Dodgers are steamrolling everything in their path right now and that continued in Friday’s series-opener against the Padres.
It was perfectly-scripted for the Dodgers. Julio Urias allowed one run over the five innings before he turned things over to the bullpen, which pitched four shutout innings while allowing just two hits and one player to reach second base.
If you can believe it, LA’s offense was the bigger storyline, as sluggers Mookie Betts and Max Muncy finally broke out of their slumps.
While one game doesn’t mean Betts and Muncy are now scalding hot, watching them be responsible for five of the Dodgers’ six runs was a real sight for sore eyes considering what they looked like over the opening 12 games.
But what if we told you that Betts and Muncy’s offensive breakout wasn’t their greatest moment of the night?
In the top of the seventh, Muncy tried tagging up from first on a deep fly ball to left field by Justin Turner. The 31-year-old was ultimately ruled out, but not before he nearly pulled off one of the greatest fake-out slides you’ll ever see.
Dodgers star Max Muncy nearly embarrassed the Padres on Friday.
Sorry, but a slide THAT sick should’ve seen Muncy ruled safe. Upon further review, it was determined Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth grazed Muncy on the pant leg after he got absolutely deked out by the Dodgers star.
From that angle, Cronenworth reaching up to tag Muncy’s groin area after he had already reached the bag indicated the infielder missed the tag. As it turns out, he was just sticking the tag in the event Muncy popped off the base.
Fake-out slides have become a popular commodity around MLB over the years, but they’re typically executed on head-first slides.
With players having the ability to control where they dive and avoid tags by flailing their arms, baseball fans have seen countless bang-bang plays determined by head-first slides, whether it be into home plate or another base.
The fact Muncy almost pulled it off on a leg-first slide defies logic and physics.
With a stocky 6-foot, 215-pound frame, we had no idea the Dodgers’ No. 4 hitter was this light on his feet. What he lacks in straight-line speed he more than makes up for in flexibility and baseball IQ, and that combo nearly resulted in him accomplishing one of the greatest slides in recent baseball history.
Yes, Muncy was ruled out, but that takes nothing away from this highlight. If you’re gonna make out, might as well look awesome doing it, right?