MLB wrap: Dodgers infielder matching Babe Ruth's home run prowess

In his first year in a Dodgers uniform Max Muncy is making a great impression in Chavez Ravine.

With Muncy’s second home run Tuesday against the Pirates, the 27-year-old slugger was hitting a home run every 9.15 at-bats, as he had 20 home runs in 183 official AB’s.

Hank Aaron, who held MLB’s all-time home run record until Barry Bonds surpassed it, never hit a home run more frequently than every 11.625 at-bats (1973) over an entire season.

Babe Ruth’s best year saw him hit one every nine at-bats (1927).

Simply put, Muncy is seeing the ball like very few of the best players in MLB history have ever seen it, which gives him a pretty good argument as an All-Star.

One more fun stat about Muncy’s hot streak, he is now the fastest Dodger to 20 home runs in a season, passing Cody Bellinger who did it in 189 at-bats in 2017.

Studs of the Night

Rockies pitcher Antonio Senzatela had not made a start yet this season, but in his first chance Tuesday, he shut down the Giants, tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and walking none in an 8-1 victory.

Dallas Keuchel was coming off of a tough game in his last appearance at Globe Life Park in Arlington where he allowed 13 hits in 4 1/3 innings of work June 10. So to see him bounce back in a tough stadium to pitch by going seven innings while allowing five hits and two runs in a 5-3 win was an encouraging sign for the southpaw.

Duds of the Night

Nationals starter Tanner Roark was a good soldier and ate up seven innings Tuesday, but he got shellacked in the process, giving up nine runs and 10 hits in an 11-4 loss to the Red Sox.

Cubs second baseman Javy Baez went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, but Chicago was fortunate enough to come away with a 5-3 over the Tigers win despite one of their best hitters having a bad day.


Billy Hamilton set MILB’s record for stolen bases in a season with 155 in 2012. Why? Because he is inhumanly fast. That helped a lot in this catch.

It didn’t help the Reds win though, as they fell to the White Sox 12-8 in 12 innings. 

What’s Next

Twins (35-47) at Brewers (50-35) 4:10 p.m. ET — The Twins haven’t lived up to expectations so far this year, but that has little to do with Jose Berrios (8-6, 3.52 ERA) who takes the bump for Minnesota against Chase Anderson (6-6, 4.18 ERA) for the Brewers. Also, make sure to pay attention to what Jesus Aguilar is doing for Milwaukee. The guys is hitting .308 with 19 home runs and 55 RBIs and he deserves everyone’s attention.

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