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Don Mattingly on Yasiel Puig: “It’s hard to be really emotional and play 162”

Aug 30, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

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Yasiel Puig is back in the starting lineup tonight against the Padres after getting a bit of a breather yesterday. It was the second game he has missed in the past week. Puig isn’t injured, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Mark Saxon of that he’s worried that the outfielder’s frustration level is getting the best of him right now.

“The season is long, and it wears you down,” Mattingly said. “It’s part of learning to regulate yourself here, as far as rest or anything else. We’ve seen Dee Gordon and how much more consistent his approach is day in and day out now, staying at a certain level. I think Yasiel’s really emotional, and it’s hard to be really emotional and play 162.”

Puig has really scuffled this month, hitting .218/.306/.241 with two extra-base hits (both doubles) over 24 games. The 23-year-old outfielder has quietly had a pretty lengthy power outage, with just one home run since the All-Star break and two over his last 75 games dating back to late May. He still has a .271/.349/.408 batting line during that time, which isn’t anything to be embarrassed about, but a return to form would be a welcome sight for the Dodgers down the stretch.

  1. jinx21fan - Aug 30, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    This has been a very pedestrian stretch for Puig. If Crawford showed any kind of life against LHP make you wonder if Puig wouldn’t have seen more of the bench in that 4-headed OF.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Crawford’s never hit lefties well.

  2. infieldhit - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    When did baseball people start saying “scuffle” instead of just “struggle”?

    • moogro - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:25 AM

      A malapropism I hear most from Harold Reynolds. Now it’s everywhere.

  3. recoveringcubsfan - Aug 30, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    This Mattingly person hates fun and baseball, obviously. Who is he, anyway? Who died and made him Mr. Baseball?!

    • twinfan24 - Aug 30, 2014 at 7:53 PM

      Well, he is Donnie Baseball…

    • genericcommenter - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Kirby Puckett

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 30, 2014 at 11:02 PM

        Ha ha,well played androgynous person.

      • genericcommenter - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:07 PM

        I’m a man, baby. Never met a chick with eyebrows as thick as mine- I’d be pretty scared.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:24 PM

        No disrespect intended,just playing a riff on your handle.Plus I thought you had a great responce,hence the comment.

  4. gargamelsmentor - Aug 30, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Wouldn’t you love to go to your job and tell your boss, “eh, I’m just not really into today”? They work 7 months a year, I think you can find the strength.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Aug 31, 2014 at 11:02 AM

      Thank you for not reading the article.

  5. seniorboy - Aug 31, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Mattingly simply cannot motivate his players – notice the results of the last two games in which excellent pitching performances by Haren and Zack were wasted. No hitting, no hustle, no small ball, nothing other than Mattingly chewing sunflower seeds in the dugout awaiting a miracle and they are not anywhere in sight. When they fire this useless manager and get someone who will discipline his players and have them at least live up to 60% of their outrageous salaries, maybe they will play inspired baseball as the Giants are now doing and soon will overtake the gutless and underachieving Dodgers. This team is going into the tank like weaklings.Pathetic baseball at its best.

  6. zdravit - Aug 31, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Sell high this winter.

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