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Muncy Answers Critics In A GRAND Way

I had to endure the Kruk and Kuip show as San Francisco games are blacked out on MLB.TV in the Sacramento area.  To be honest, both Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow are very fair to the Dodgers.  I just have a hard time listening to Giant announcers.

If Max Muncy could face San Francisco 162 games a year, he would be a first ballot HOF candidate.  I commented yesterday:  Max back at #4, but maybe tonight’s the night. against Logan Webb.   Sure enough, after walking in the 1st, he hit a 3-run HR in the 3rd.  Coming into the game against Logan Webb, Max was 6-20 with 2 HRs  He is now 8-22 with 3 HRs against Webb.

But he was not done.  In the 7th, James Outman led off with a BB, and after Miguel Vargas flew out, Outman stole his 2nd base of the year.  CT3 hit a shot down at third, David Villar gobbled it up and got CT3 at 1B.  But then the dam broke.  Mookie singled to score Outman, Freddie singled, and Will Smith got an infield single to load the bases.  On the first pitch Max saw from Sean Hjelle, he crushed an opposite field grand slam HR.  Just like Badger commented, numbers can change dramatically this early in the season.  Max is now amongst the NL leaders in HRs and RBIs.

 

Coming into the game against the Giants, Max was batting .263/.376/.589/.965 with 21 HRs.  With the 2 on this night, Max has now hit more HRs (23) against SF than any other team.  He has 22 HRs against Colorado.  At Oracle, Max was hitting .277/.407/.529/.936.

I have not been kind to Max during the regular season, but I do not believe I have been unfair.  I have no idea if this one game turns everything around for Max, but he has two more against the Giants before they head for home to face the Cubs.  He LOVES to hit against the Giants.

 

The Dodgers top 4 hitters hit Webb as they were expected to.

  • Mookie – 2-3, HR, against Webb – 3-5 on the night.
  • Freddie – 1-3 against Webb, 2-4 on the night.
  • Smith – 0-3 against Webb, 1-4 on the night.
  • Muncy – 2-2, HR, BB, against Webb, 3-3 on the night, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs.
  • Outman – 1-2 against Webb, 1-3 with a BB on the night.

Now from the pitching side.  Julio Urías was a grinder on this night.  He encountered multiple 3 ball counts, and surrendered multiple 3-2 foul balls.  But he was masterful when he needed to be.  He allowed 1 run on a Wilmer Flores HR.  He was touched for 4 hits, 2 BB, and 8 strikeouts.  He threw 96 pitches/62 for strikes.

After the first time through the order, the Giants refused to chase the high fastball (at least the good hitters), and sat on the breaking ball.  Flores hit a changeup for his HR.  Urías is now 3-0 with three quality starts, and a 1.50 ERA.

I do not know if Alex Vesia would have been summoned if the score were not 9-1, but it was, and Vesia did come in.  He gave up three singles to the first three batters he faced.  Will Smith went out to speak with Vesia and he promptly struck out Bryce Johnson and Thairo Estrada before Yency Almonte was brought in to face Wilmer Flores. Flores hit it hard, but right at Mookie in RF.

Almonte got the first two outs in the 8th before he hit David Villar on the knee.  Andre Jackson relieved Almonte and struck out Brandon Crawford.

Jackson stayed on in the 9th and retired the side in order, striking out 2, including Bryce Johnson to end the game.

This was a fantastic bounce back game for the Dodgers.

 

For Tuesday, Dustin May takes the hill to battle LHSP Alex Wood.

 

 

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Oldbear48

Reports of Max Muncy’s demise were greatly exaggerated.

Dionysus

I hate mornings with no minor league box scores.

Bumsrap

Thanks for sharing.

SandyIsTheGreatest

Who pissed in your bran flakes?

Bumsrap

Get off my lawn.

Badger

I think maybe the point was missed.

I like reading box scores too. Been doing it since Jim Murray was a rookie.

Bumsrap

I always read box scores as well. I miss reading newsprint and getting the top 10 in ave. plus HR and RBI leaders.

I didn’t like seeing a hate word gripe at the top of the comments.

nonicnamebumfan

Loved Jim Murray loved reading the box scores.
Chisox, Bosox, Tribe

Last edited 10 months ago by nonicnamebumfan
Badger

What a night.

If you haven’t looked at the box score yet, please do. The top of the lineup was outstanding, 9 for 17. The rest of those guys? Yoiks. 1 for 19, including Martinez, Heyward and Taylor, 0 for 12 with 7 Ks. It was like there were 2 teams out there, 1-4 was playing slow pitch, the rest of the team was hitting against Nolan Ryan.

Hopefully this series will light a fire. The bad news? Urias won pitch again til the weekend.

Bumsrap

I am happy for Max and hope his performance is indicative of his ability and not just a thing that happens every once in a while. One good game does not make a cleanup hitter.

Would there be too much pressure on Outman if he were the cleanup hitter? Maybe. He is doing well down in the order so why mess with him? Why you ask? Because right now he is the 4th best hitter on the team.

The Dodgers were debating if Outman should be on the 26 or to give him consistent at bats in OK and it seemed somewhat reluctantly that they put him on the 26 late in the pre-season. It’s the same conservative thought process that keeps Outman down in the lineup. It’s the same conservative thinking that keeps prospects at lower levels than what seems like all the other teams. It’s the same conservatism that makes them shy away from a running game.

Winning is fun. Winning 3 – 1 via a three run home run is as well but the series just finished in AZ was a lot of fun for AZ fans because of all the activity on the bases. The Dodgers are not built like AZ but they would be more fun if Outman and Betts were allowed to run more and maybe if Vargas would be used in a few run-and-hit adventures.

Good game last night. Pitching and defense plus power and speed would produce a lot of fun games whether they win 111 games or not.

Badger

Interesting takes Bum.

I had similar thoughts as I was reading about how stolen bases are up all over the league. It would appear the new rule has made something that was exceptional into something that is relatively easy. Personally I don’t think it should be, but as long as it is, should we do it too? I don’t believe so. Our thing appears to remain exit velocity and launch angle. We led the league in runs scored using it last year and so far only Tampa has scored more than the Dodgers. If we don’t need to run, why risk it?

Martinez. Wish I had more faith in him. At times he looks like a confident, competent ML hitter. Then there is last night.

Heyward. It feels like the only reason he is here is because someone else is paying him.

Taylor. Sigh.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will score because of hitters 1-4 followed by a pack of blind squirrels. It would appear our glaring weakness may be starting pitching. I await someone telling me why I am wrong about that.

Last edited 10 months ago by Badger
Bumsrap

That sounds a little bit like Earl Weaver Badger. I don’t want to build a team like AZ has but I do want to make things happen when things don’t seem to be happening. That means not excluding the running game.

Bumsrap

I like Mookie, Freddie, Smith, and Outman as well. At least Mrs. D didn’t say give him the chair. She got it right.

Badger

“Why shouldn’t the Dodgers exploit that advantage when they can”

Because so far they aren’t any good at it. But I agree there are a few players who could do it. It just appears it’s not worked on much with this group. This is a “hit the ball and run to second” offense.

Bluto

The hundred million dollar question is will that 94MPH fastball of Urias’ be as effective at 90-91MPH.

Bumsrap

Will the Dodgers care if if it isn’t if he is a Padre?

Last edited 10 months ago by Bumsrap
Badger

High and tight low and away.

Sam Oyed

Are the Dodgers better off resigning Urias for 30 million a year for 10 years or Ohtani for 50 million a year fir 10 years. Urias is 3-4 years younger. I’d rather have Urias and maybe use the balance to get Smith on a long term contract.

Bumsrap

There needs to be a 10 year guess regarding the DH. Othani if signed to 10 years would be the DH for 10 years. How would that affect Cartaya and Smith and others?

Also, can Miller, Stone, May anchor the rotation for the next 10 years? If so, why spend SSS on Othani or Urias?

I would rather add Soto than Othani or Urias but for $500MM I would rather have Othani.

Last edited 10 months ago by Bumsrap
Singing the Blue

Excellent point, Bums, about Ohtani’s being your DH for the next 10 years if you sign him. I doubt he ever plays the outfield again on a regular basis, at least as long as he’s still pitching.

I much prefer the DH role to be rotational and used to cycle players in and out of the every day lineup. Ohtani would not make that possible.

I like Soto, but I don’t like him enough to be high bidder on him. I think I’d rather spread the money around.

There is a young Korean outfielder, Jung-hoo Lee, who will supposedly be posted this winter. He’s considered a good defender, has good speed and walks more often than he strikes out. Lifetime average is .337. I’m thinking he probably won’t cost us 500 mil. And he would probably steal more bases in a week than Peralta and JHey will steal all year.

Singing the Blue

Hundred million dollar question? More like a three-hundred million dollar question.

OhioDodger

Could it be time for new batting coaches?

Bluto

Nope

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