For a guy who was tied for the major league lead in home runs as recently as Wednesday, it is hard to believe how bad Max Muncy’s start to the season actually was. He was batting .121 with a .293 OBP, .212 SLG, .505 OPS, 16 strikeouts and just one home run through April 9 (his first nine games of the season). However, Muncy just needed one series against the San Francisco Giants to turn his entire season around. Muncy belted four home runs in the three-game series (despite pinch-hitting in one of the games), and went on a tear right after.
Muncy would go on to raise his OPS to 1.152 after getting on-base safely three times against the Cardinals on April 28. While Muncy has struggled since his return from the paternity list, his turnaround from the first week and a half of the season is still drastic.
He has 24 strikeouts in his last 24 games after 16 strikeouts in the first nine games of the season, and has raised his OBP from .293 to .367. More impressively, he raised his SLG from .212 to .545. Tally it all up, and Muncy entered Wednesday with a top-20 OPS in all of MLB (.912), while ranking second in home runs (12) and sitting tied for eighth in RBI (29).