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Amid deep slump, Dodgers’ Max Muncy tries to rediscover the magic of early July

first_imgMuncy did say he and hitting coach Turner Ward have studied video, looking for a flaw in Muncy’s swing that would explain the freefall. They found nothing, Muncy said.“There’s nothing that’s any different,” Muncy said. “Just a couple days of not getting any hits led to me pressing and swinging at pitches I normally wouldn’t swing at.“It’s definitely more mental than physical, for sure.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has seen the same thing.“I think there’s a little bit of pressing going on. He wants to perform and is just trying a little too hard,” said Roberts, who dropped Muncy to eighth in the lineup Wednesday.“For me – and I’ve said it from the beginning – this guy usually stays in the strike zone. So it’s not about the league adjusting to him. It’s about when the ball is in the strike zone, you’ve got to swing at it and when it’s not, take it. There’s a little bit more swing and miss through the fastball. But Max will get through this.”CROWDED ROTATIONLeft-hander Alex Wood threw three simulated innings to hitters Wednesday afternoon and had “no signs of the leg issue” involving an adductor muscle on his left side that led to him going on the DL, according to Roberts.Wood will probably throw a bullpen session in two days and, at that point, the Dodgers will decide when he will return to the starting rotation. Wood is eligible to pitch again on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Roberts indicated left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu could be ready to return to the majors after just two rehab starts. Ryu has been on the DL since May 2 with a groin muscle tear. In rehab starts with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City he allowed one run in nine innings.Ryu will be ready to pitch again in five days – either for the Dodgers or in another minor-league rehab start.“The next step for him – we haven’t decided that yet,” Roberts said.Ross Stripling will come off the DL to start in Colorado on Thursday. Add in Wood and Ryu next week and the Dodgers could potentially have seven starting pitchers to choose from.During their stretch of 17 games in 17 days after the All-Star break, the Dodgers briefly went with a six-man rotation. That would “probably not” happen this time, Roberts said, because of a more favorable schedule with three off days in a 12-day stretch coming up.“Some tough decisions coming,” Roberts said.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Ross Stripling, 8-3, 2.68 ERA) at Rockies (LHP Tyler Anderson, 6-4, 4.05 ERA), Thursday, 5:40 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies When he struck out in his first at-bat Wednesday, Muncy had just four hits in a stretch of 46 plate appearances, more than half of them (24) strikeouts including each of his past eight at-bats. He finally snapped the strikeout streak with a single in the fifth inning.But after hitting a home run every 9.9 at-bats in his first 72 games this year, Muncy has just two in his last 65 at-bats.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“It’s just baseball,” Muncy said. “A couple days not getting a hit leads to you start to press a little bit. You kind of get out of your zone. Then it’s one of those things where it can snowball on you. … one of those things where it’s hard to get out of it, get out of your own head.”Muncy wrote his own prescription for that, taking Monday’s off day as a mental break.“A full day off from baseball, didn’t look at any film, didn’t really do anything baseball-related, just took a full day and relaxed,” Muncy said. “Showed up (in Oakland) and try to act like nothing happened before. Just go out there today and act like it was two months ago.” OAKLAND — It seemed almost too good to be true. Maybe it was.In early July, Max Muncy had a higher OPS than Mike Trout and Mookie Betts and stood shoulder to shoulder with Nolan Arenado and Bryce Harper among the National League home run leaders.It was heady stuff for a player discarded by the Oakland A’s a year ago who started this season as a non-descript, non-roster invitee to the Dodgers’ spring training camp and made for a fairy-tale narrative when Muncy participated in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star festivities.It was also not sustainable. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Local cops have advice to protect you yours

first_imgSo you know what kind of practices police would like you to adopt to prevent yourself from becoming the victim of a crime. But when it comes to interacting with police when you’re at the scene of the crime — and a potential suspect — what are you supposed to do? For that kind of advice, we turned to a defense attorney.If a police officer detains you, being polite can be to your benefit, said attorney Jon McMullen, who often works with felons. He’s been practicing law for about 30 years.“We see a lot of problems that could be avoided with a little consideration toward police,” he said. “That’s the way it’s set up.”With that in mind, he added that it’s not a good idea to argue with police, to tell them how to do their job or to resist their commands. These situations can quickly escalate, McMullen said. If police tell you to show them your hands or get down on the ground, follow those directions.It’s human nature to immediately want to defend yourself, or argue if you think what’s happening to you is not fair.“There’s a time to do that later. It’s in court,” McMullen said.You’re held responsible for what you say. Although direct quotes and video of your behavior may not end up in a police report, inflection and mannerisms are easy to remember.last_img read more

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