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Max Muncy is on a 5-game home run streak

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The MLB record for most consecutive games with home runs is eight

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Max Muncy hit a walk-off home run on Wednesday night to make it five straight games with a homer. Funky Muncy is on a roll.

He became the fourth Dodgers player this decade to reach this achievement, but only six players in Dodgers history have ever done this. The first player in the franchise to hit a homer in five straight games was Roy Campanella with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950.

The MLB record for most consecutive games with a home run is eight. The record is held by Ken Griffey Jr. (1993), Don Mattingly (1987) and Dale Long (1956). Paul Goldschmidt made the list in July of this year when he hit homers in six consecutive games.

Consecutive Games w/ Home Runs in Dodgers history

Rk Name Team Strk Start End Games Total HR BA OBP SLG
Rk Name Team Strk Start End Games Total HR BA OBP SLG
1 Max Muncy LAD 8/15/2019 8/21/2019 5 5 0.313 0.542 1.250
2 Joc Pederson LAD 5/31/2015 6/3/2015 5 5 0.350 0.458 1.200
3 Adrian Gonzalez LAD 9/27/2014 4/8/2015 5 7 0.813 0.824 2.313
4 Matt Kemp LAD 9/28/2010 10/3/2010 5 5 0.316 0.381 1.105
5 Shawn Green LAD 7/21/2001 7/25/2001 5 5 0.381 0.435 1.143
6 Roy Campanella BRO 6/11/1950 6/17/1950 5 5 0.471 0.550 1.353
7 Max Muncy LAD 6/8/2018 6/12/2018 4 4 0.500 0.647 1.583
8 Cody Bellinger LAD 6/5/2018 6/8/2018 4 4 0.462 0.611 1.462
9 Joc Pederson LAD 4/27/2015 5/2/2015 4 4 0.357 0.471 1.286
10 Adrian Gonzalez LAD 4/9/2014 4/13/2014 4 4 0.444 0.474 1.167
11 Matt Kemp LAD 4/13/2010 4/16/2010 4 4 0.353 0.455 1.118
12 Matt Kemp LAD 8/29/2009 9/1/2009 4 4 0.375 0.421 1.125
13 Hee-Seop Choi LAD 6/10/2005 6/14/2005 4 7 0.412 0.412 1.647
14 Shawn Green LAD 8/7/2002 8/10/2002 4 4 0.467 0.556 1.400
15 Gary Sheffield LAD 8/17/2001 8/21/2001 4 4 0.600 0.625 1.467
Top 15 in Dodgers franchise history Via Baseball Reference

These homers are the only five hits Muncy has during the streak. But even though he isn’t getting any base hits, he is still managing to get on base. In his last 24 plate appearances, he walked seven times to account for his .542 on-base percentage in the 5-game time span.

“It’s just understanding the value of swinging at strikes,” Dave Roberts said Wednesday’s walk-off. “If they don’t throw strikes, then [Muncy] takes his base. He doesn’t get overanxious.”

His batting statistics show exactly this. Muncy leads the team with 77 walks this year and is second with 33 home runs. It’s not all cut and dry, though, because his 121 strikeouts are also a team high.

The good news is he striking out at a slower rate than last year, with 24 percent of his at-bats ending in a K, compared to 27 percent in 2018.