Should Dodgers Move Max Muncy Down in the Lineup? New Batting Order Could Jumpstart LA’s Offense for Playoffs

If the Dodgers want to make a deep postseason run, they’re going to have to get more production from the meat of their lineup. That includes Max Muncy and Justin Turner, who haven’t experienced the same level of production that earned them All-Star appearances in the first half.

At the break, Max Muncy posted a .972 OPS with 19 home runs and an impressive 18.2% walk rate, and a 17.9% strikeout rate. In the second half, his OPS has dipped to .789 with 16 home runs and his walk rate has plummeted to 8.6% while his strikeout rate has spiked to 23.8%. His fellow All-Star teammate, Justin Turner, has seen his average go from .305 in the first half, down to .230 in the second half.

We discuss if it’s time for the Dodgers to consider moving Max Muncy down in the order, what adjustments he needs to make to get back on track and how the Funky Muncy can snap out of this funk in time for the Dodgers Postseason run.

Plus, we break down Max Muncy’s recent at-bats and compare them to earlier in the season when he was playing like a bonafide MVP contender.

WATCH: Dodgers Moving Down Max Muncy in the Order, New Batting Order to Jumpstart LA’s Offense for Playoffs

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Doug McKain

Doug McKain is a lifelong Dodger fan and hosts Dodgers Nation’s “DNpostgame” show online. He also hosts Dodgers DougOut and the LA Sports Report on YouTube. DMAC is also a rabid Lakers fan, and lover of all Los Angeles sports.


  1. I’d bat Pollock ahead of him, but Trea and Seager are already where they should be. So as badly as he’s slumped for 2 months, I don’t see any one than Pollock that I’d move up.

  2. I like Betts, Seager, Trea, Muncy, AJ, Lux, JT, catcher, pitcher. this maintains the RLRLRLRxx that doc likes. they might swap Lux and Muncy if Max continues slump and Gavin continues to rake!

  3. absolutely. top half of a lineup should have the hottest hitters and not have any holes. Roberts wrongly sticks with his lineups far too long. it took him a month of 0-fers by Belli to finally move him down and then out. so AJ needs to be in the top 5 (4 or 5), while Muncy and JT drop to 6 and 7 — until they start hitting again. I would use a 7-day batting avg. to gauge “hot” vs. “cold”.

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