Munoz went 2-for-5 with a double and a run in a loss to the Pirates on Sunday. Munoz was solid out of the top of the order, parlaying a starting opportunity into a multi-hit effort for the third time in May. The versatile infielder is hitting .367 over his first 31 plate appearances, although Sunday's two-bagger was just his second extra-base hit of the season.
Munoz will start in center field and serve as the Cardinals' leadoff hitter Sunday against the Pirates. Munoz has previously made only two starts this season, with both coming in the infield and out of the No. 8 spot in the order. He'll be filling in for Dexter Fowler in the outfield in the series finale while replacing a resting Matt Carpenter atop the lineup, but Munoz should be headed back to his usual bench role when the Cardinals begin a road trip Tuesday in Atlanta.
Munoz went 2-for-3 and was caught stealing on his one attempt in a loss to the Phillies on Wednesday. Munoz provided the only multi-hit effort of the contest for the light-hitting Cardinals, who were completely flummoxed by Jerad Eickhoff and Seranthony Dominguez. Munoz has seen precious few opportunities this season but largely put them to good use. Factoring in Wednesday's showing, the 24-year-old is 8-for-21 (.381) with a double, a walk and three runs thus far in 2019.
Munoz went 3-for-4 with a run in a loss to the Nationals on Thursday. Essentially a forgotten man thus far in 2019 after a solid rookie campaign, Munoz logged his first start of the season Thursday. He proceeded to generate the most hits of any Cardinals player on a day when the St. Louis offense was thoroughly stymied by Stephen Strasburg and three relievers. Despite the solid performance, Munoz doesn't figure in for many opportunities barring injuries.
Munoz will start at shortstop and bat eighth Thursday against the Nationals. Munoz will be included in the big club's lineup for the first time all season with everyday shortstop Paul DeJong hitting the bench. Once Dexter Fowler overcomes the illness that has kept him idle the past few days, the Cardinals will be at full strength at every position, making at-bats even more difficult to come by for Munoz.
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