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Yasiel Puig named NL Player of the Week, then moved into cleanup spot

Jun 10, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

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Yasiel Puig was much more of a cleanup hitter than a leadoff man in his first week of the majors, and now he’s one officially, as the Dodgers have inserted him behind Adrian Gonzalez in Monday’s lineup.

The lineup was announced not long after Puig was named NL Player of the Week for smashing four homers in his major league debut. He hit .464 with 10 RBI in his seven games as a leadoff man last week. However, even though he had nine hits and a walk to go along with those four homers, he had just the four runs scored. The Dodgers never drove him in during any of their seven games.

With Puig batting cleanup, the Dodgers have Nick Punto leading off tonight.

If will be interesting to see if Puig gets many strikes to hit from left-hander Wade Miley while batting ahead of Jerry Hairston Jr. and Andre Ethier. Hairston has a good rep against lefties, but he’s batting .233 with no extra-base hits against them in 30 at-bats this year. Ethier has always struggled against left-handers and is slumping again just about everyone right now.

  1. ptfu - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    This little Puiggy cried wee wee wee all the way home as he circled the bases on yet another late-inning game-tying home run.

  2. kardshark1 - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    I can’t wait til Kemp and Crawford come back and Puig gets sent back to AA. Watching Mattingly and Colleti make decisions is almost as entertaining as baseball itself.

    The best part… Mattingly and Colleti will claim that the reason why Puig is doing so well is because he had time to mature in the minors first.

  3. motobus - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    I’d like to see him take Ethier’s spot in the lineup once Kemp and Crawford come back.

  4. clydeserra - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    so he has been promoted to second inning lead off hitter

    • fm31970 - Jun 10, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      Oooooo, burn.

      It’s kind of sad the Dodgers are wasting this sensational hitting: ” he had just the four runs scored. The Dodgers never drove him in during any of their seven games.”

      That’s pathetic, to be blunt.

  5. John Young - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Reblogged this on Transparent Christina.

  6. yahmule - Jun 11, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    I would like to handcuff Mattingly and Colletti to Brandon League and kick the whole goddamn mess down a metal staircase.

  7. losanginsight - Jun 11, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Good thing this team prints money. Once eveyone is healthy all the LA haters will see players getting delt for pennys on the dollar…or just riding pine.

  8. Anoesis - Jun 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    *everyone
    *dealt
    *pennies

    Sounds like a cheap game of chance out in the boolpen.

    At the rate they’ve been going it would seem to be highly improbable that this team will ever have all its players healthy. At least not until spring training next year where guys will pull hamstrings getting out of their cars.

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