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Dodgers: Max Muncy Wants to See a Change With Scoreboards

In an age of advanced statistics, scoreboards at stadiums are forever presenting new information. That is certainly the case at Petco Park, where the Padres often display some wild numbers out on their right-field scoreboard. That includes fWAR as well as batting average on balls in play. So when the Dodgers were in town this weekend, that was something new to see. 

When Max Muncy was asked about his performance on Friday, he brought up the idea of stats on scoreboards. He spoke about wanting to look at his OPS rather than batting average. That would make sense since the Dodgers infielder is hitting just .152 entering Sunday’s contest. 

But in terms of OPS, Muncy is putting up okay numbers. His .654 mark up to this point is far below his career average with the Dodgers, but it’s much better than the batting average suggests. You can thank the walks he has drawn for that. (quote via the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett)

“I like when the scoreboards do the OPS instead of batting averages. That looks much nicer. It doesn’t hurt as bad because I still get on base. Yeah, when you see the OPS it’s a little bit nicer.”

Muncy has struggled to get going in the early part of the season. But he is walking in 19 percent of his plate appearances, which puts him up near the top of the league. In terms of contact, he’s not barreling many balls and his average exit velocity is down. But getting on base certainly helps. 

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Recovering from a torn UCL sustained at the end of last season, Muncy has said that he doesn’t expect to be fully healed until 2023. And maybe that is the case. But the Dodgers need him to at least continue to get on base. That’s where so much of his value lies. 

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  1. I like how Doc gives guy experience at different positions. Why not do the same thing in the lineup? For the current minute I would put Trea leadoff (speed/avg), bat Mookie 2nd, giving him a role that would focus on contact, and bat Freddie 3rd so he can knock guys in a keep the inning going. After that mix and match.

  2. Muncy not 100%, he should sit. Worried what’s being posted on the scoreboard, get over it. Take two strikes then swing at one off the plate, what does he expect. He’s a good hitter, can’t pull the trigger, taking too many pitches, maybe should be thinking hitting to left. Hope he comes around, maybe he needs a break, days off does wonders.