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Max Muncy gets brutally honest, vents about Dodgers' NLDS collapse to Arizona Diamondbacks

Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Max Muncy had plenty to get off his chest regarding his team's devastating collapse to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2023 NLDS.

The third baseman opened up on his team's postseason woes, where they were swept by the 84-win DBacks despite winning 100 games in 2023 and having home-field advantage. They were the No. 2 seed in the National League for the postseason but were outscored 19-6 by Arizona, which was the seventh and final postseason seed in the National League.

Speaking on the disappointment that it was for Los Angeles at DodgerFest in Dodger Stadium on Saturday, Muncy was blunt and honest in how he continues to feel.

“I mean, it’s still there,” Muncy said about the tough memory of the series and the disappointment that comes with it. “There’s no way around it. We sucked. We obviously really kind of blew it. I’m not trying to take anything away from the Diamondbacks — they obviously played very well, and hats off to them — but we blew it.

"When something like that happens, it sticks with you for a while. We’re obviously extremely excited, but it’s still there a little bit.”

The Dodgers had a huge offseason after that crushing defeat, most notably signing the game's best player in Shohei Ohtani and inking Japanese starting pitching sensation Yoshinobu Yamamoto in free agency. Ohtani is coming off of his second American League MVP-winning season, and Yamamoto comes stateside owning a 1.82 career ERA in Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan.

This was, of course, in response to the 2023 letdown, in which Muncy himself played a significant role. Muncy went just 2-for-11 in the series, slashing .182/.250/.182. He also made an error in the final game of the series.

When dissecting that series, there has been much debate over whether offense or pitching was the biggest problem for Los Angeles. Muncy believes it was a team effort.

“I feel like you can have a dartboard and throw a dart, and it will land on something that went wrong. Everything kind of went wrong for us,” he said. "That’s all there really is to it. We didn’t do a whole lot right. We didn’t hit. We didn’t score. We didn’t pitch. There really wasn’t a whole lot that we did well. Everything went wrong.”

While the Dodgers have most certainly improved their team in response (at least on paper), Arizona has also improved (at least on paper). The DBacks picked up starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez in free agency, who is coming off of a career-year where he posted a 3.30 ERA and a 1.153 WHIP (both career-bests).

They also upgraded at third base in trading for Eugenio Suarez. He led the American League in strikeouts last season (214) but averages 30 home runs per 162 games (and is coming off of a 162-game season).

Each of the last two times the DBacks have made the postseason, they have played the Dodgers. This previous time, the DBacks came out on top in major upset fashion. Muncy and his teammates will likely be reminded of that consistently as they head to Arizona for spring training this week.

This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Max Muncy gets brutally honest, vents about collapse to Diamondbacks