AdministratorDecember 22, 2020 at 3:28 pm
After taking a pitch off his left ring finger, Max Muncy never seemed to find his way at the plate during the regular season. 2020 wasn’t what we’re used to seeing from Muncy, but he still provided value being on the field for 58 out of the 60 games this season.
In a year when Muncy slashed .192/.331/.389 with an OPS of .720, it was hard to find many positives offensively from the regular season, but he did still manage to hit 12 home runs. He had his best game of the season only two games in when he went 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, and a walk against the Giants. It would also be his only multi-home run game and 3-hit game of the season. He did have a 10-game stretch when he hit .303 with an OPS of 1.061 and looked like he might turn things around, but it was short-lived.
On the other side of the diamond, Muncy’s versatility came in hand as he was needed at first, second, and third this season, defensively. He spent most of the season playing first base, where he put up a -2 Drs (Defensive Runs Saved Above Avg) and a -2 OAA (Outs Above Avg) this season. Muncy played his best defense at second base this year, where he had a 2 DRS and was just league average with a 0 OAA. He had a 94% success rate at second base. Muncy took his second-most innings at third this season and struggled a bit, putting up a -1 DRS and -1 OAA. He was injured for most of these games, so it’s hard to get a real idea of where he was defensively this year.
The playoffs went more in Muncy’s favor. He was an important piece that helped the team win its first World Series in 32 years. He hit .250 and slugged .467 but led the team in OBP (.438) and walks (20). His OPS (.904) had him only second to Seager on the team. Muncy’s biggest game would come against the Braves in Game 3 of the NLCS and helped the Dodgers put on a show in their 15-3 win. He finished that game with a grand slam, a double, and two walks. In Game 5 of the World Series, he obliterated a ball against Tyler Glasnow, helping extend the Dodgers lead to 4-2.
Before the 2020 season, the Dodgers and Muncy agreed on a 3-year/$26 million contract. Muncy will be 30 in 2021 and will be making $9 million next season.
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