Los Angeles Dodgers Beat the Streak selections — April 25

SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 18: Max Muncy (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - APRIL 18: Max Muncy (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

After an unfortunate balk call, the Los Angeles Dodgers head into the series finale with the Marlins tied at one game apiece.

Don’t even get me started on that balk call. I understand that Tony Cingrani may have made it look like he was already going home but the move was so good it fooled the umpire. Without that balk, the outlook of the game would have been completely different, Kenley Jansen would have come in for the save and the Los Angeles Dodgers could have won.

Instead, the Dodgers lost 3-2.

Although it is a bit upsetting, the Dodger bats put together back-to-back mediocre performances against a mediocre Marlins pitching staff. I will give credit to Jarlin Garcia, who has been great this season. However, the Dodgers are a much better team than how the offense looked last night.

Thus, our Beat the Streak series was not so great.

Tuesday’s picks:

Only one of our players actually had an at-bat on Tuesday for the Dodgers. Sarah went with Yasiel Puig, who went 0-4 in the contest to lower his batting average to .195. Puig has been hitting the ball hard and has been pretty unlucky, that seems to be getting to him now as his frustrations are evident.

As for my pick, Yasmani Grandal, he got the night off in favor of Austin Barnes against a left-handed pitcher. Thus, my streak remained in the same position.

Sarah’s pick (Current streak: Zero): Max Muncy

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My pick for today is Max Muncy. Muncy kind of came out of nowhere. He had a great spring training which undoubtedly played a role in his call-up this early on in the season. I, like pretty much everyone else, am excited for the return of Justin Turner because boy, oh boy do they need him in the lineup.

The Dodgers, however, have made a great move with the addition of Muncy. Muncy can hit, but he can also defend the hot corner better than anyone else on the Dodgers except for the guy that is temporarily sidelined. The Dodgers couldn’t get the W last night vs. the Marlins but tonight is different. The game is earlier, the sun will (hopefully) be shining bright.

Max Muncy is completely capable of earning a spot on LA’s 25-man roster for the remainder of the season. I believe that tonight, as well as the coming road trip, will be the beginning of something great for Muncy.

Jason’s pick (Current streak: One): Cody Bellinger

I am going back to the strategy that started me off on an eight-game hitting streak when we thought up this series: statistical analysis.

Cody Bellinger is hitting .271 this season, thus, it is fair to assume that out of ten at-bats he should get two to three hits. Last night, Bellinger went 0-3. Statistically, he is due for at least one hit, especially if he gets at least four at-bats. Of course, he could still go 0-7 then get three hits after that, but Bellinger is such a good hitter he won’t go seven at-bats without a hit.

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And if he does, my long streak of one will be back at zero. However, I have a feeling we are going to see some fireworks from Cody Bellinger tonight.