It’s been a frustrating year for some of the Dodgers’ biggest stars. Max Muncy is definitely one of those guys, and that’s resulted in a few uncharacteristic outburst. Muncy was thrown out of a game in mid-August after being annoyed with balls and strikes against the Mariners. Last night, he got the second ejection of his career.
To be fair to Max, Doug Eddings’ strike zone was all over the place. He was definitely more of a pitcher’s umpire calling things out of the zone more often than not. And for a guy like Muncy, who is struggling in 2020, those calls hurt even more. It also doesn’t help that the Dodgers were getting beat in that game by an awful team.
In the top of the 9th, Muncy took a fastball for a called strike three from Diamondbacks pitcher Travis Bergen. While it probably was a strike, it was also one of those close calls that could have gone either way. The frustration from the night built up, and the Dodgers had every reason to be annoyed.
"Eject your f*cking self after that f*cking performance!" Love me some Max Muncy pic.twitter.com/g4h8jN1FK1
— jack (@Jolly_Olive) September 11, 2020
The nice way to phrase Muncy’s response to Eddings is that he felt he should have thrown himself out for how poorly he called the game. The real way included far more expletives though, so take that as you will. The Dodgers went on to lose this one 5-2, though they did take the series from Arizona.
The Dodgers will start a series against Houston on Saturday with a weird off day today. The Astros come into town struggling a little bit with a losing record of 22-23, but in second place in the AL West somehow. Los Angeles will need to keep pace to stay on top of the red hot San Diego Padres.