What a difference a series makes, huh? Max Muncy started only two of three games against the Giants, but homered twice in each one, dramatically altering the perception of his April.
Hitting a baseball is exceedingly hard, and it’s not always as easy as flipping a switch. But Muncy’s strong week began on Monday when he re-incorporated the step-back to his swing that helped salvage an injury-plagued 2022. He’s been wonderful since.
Muncy hit a grand slam and a three-run home run on Monday, then on Wednesday hit a solo shot and three-run home run.
"I just feel like I'm getting into a good position right now and it's allowing me to recognize pitches." @maxmuncy9 (4 RBI) spoke with @kirsten_watson following another 2 HR game in the Bay. pic.twitter.com/eqYEck2kWB— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) April 13, 2023
What’s less of a small sample is Muncy’s performance against the Giants. He has 25 home runs in 75 games against the Dodgers longtime rivals, hitting .274/.384/.635. At Oracle Park in San Francisco, Muncy is hitting .297/.419/.625 with 11 home runs in 38 games.
Entering Monday, Muncy was had four hits in 41 at-bats, hitting .121/.293/.212 with home run, two RBI, and a 53 wRC+. After the series, Muncy is hitting .214/.353/.571 with five home runs and a 141 wRC+. That’s an OPS jump of 419 points.
Muncy’s 13 RBI are one shy of the National League lead. His 11 runs batted in during the Giants series was one shy of a Dodgers franchise record.
most RBI in 3-game series, Dodgers since RBI official (1920):— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) April 13, 2023
1962 Frank Howard vs SF: 12
1949 Gil Hodges vs CIN: 12
2023 Max Muncy at SF: 11
1995 Mike Piazza at COL: 11
1930 Babe Herman at NYG: 11