MLB Rankings: Baseball’s Greatest Hits of Week-19

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 04: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the dugout before playing the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 04: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the dugout before playing the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on August 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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MLB Rankings: Greatest Hits in Week-19

1. Max Muncy, 66 percent

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Hosmer’s third-inning grand slam gave the Padres a 5-3 lead, but the advantage see-sawed from that point. LA moved ahead 7-6 in the sixth inning, San Diego regained an 8-7 lead in the seventh, and the Padres survived a two-run Dodger eighth to maintain a 10-9 lead entering the bottom of the ninth.

Padres closer Kirby Yates, who had recorded the final out of the eighth inning, remained on the mound to start the bottom of the ninth, but a combination of his own problems plus a defensive lapse conspired against him. Joc Pederson opened the inning with a double down the line in right. Pederson was erased when he tried to advance to third on Alex Verdugo’s bouncer to Hosmer at first, and Corey Seager slapped a potential double-play ball to Luis Urias, a defensive replacement at second base. But Urias fumbled the ball, allowing Seager to reach safely as Verdugo pulled into second.

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With the tying run at second and the winner at first, this weeks “MLB Rankings: Greatest Hit” went to Max Muncy who came up next. Yates ran the count to 3-2, then slipped Muncy a pitch he could pull. The ball shot into the Dodger Stadium right field corner as Seager followed Verdugo across the plate for the 11-10 victory.