NLDS Game 1: Yasiel Puig Hits Fifth

puig_2013-06-27_faceWe’ll do a more regular lineups post closer to game time, but the Dodger nine is out, and it’s got this interesting tidbit: as Kevin Kennedy alluded to yesterday, Yasiel Puig hits fifth, while Mark Ellis hits second.

It’s a bit odd because Puig has hit first or second, with brief trips to cleanup, for the last month. He hit fifth once, on August 25 against Boston, and went 0-3. This apparently has to do with getting more thump in the middle of the lineup without Matt Kemp or Andre Ethier available, which makes sense on some level, but I’m not sure I’m buying it when the result is then that Ellis (.247/.318/.286 in September, .265/.319/.325 against right-handed pitching) gets more plate appearances. Besides, we all remember how much Puig likes running behind Adrian Gonzalez, right?

Fortunately, we know that lineup construction doesn’t really matter as much as we like to think it does. Kris Medlen has very little track record against most Dodgers, anyway, so there’s not a lot of past to go on.

Is it game time yet?

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MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Beltran's accent = sexy level 10

Hoze
Hoze

Birds 1, Bucs 0 

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

From Grantland:

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  1. Bonus prediction: Given the way the Braves react to opposing hitters who take their sweet time at the plate after hitting a home run, we can fully expect a Puig bomb to lead to a brawl that looks like a deleted mission from Grand Theft Auto V.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

Okay... very cool news from Tony Jackson:

Here is what Vinny told me:

“Every year, I say it might be my last year. It all depends on how I feel. Every year in July or August, we sit down and evaluate and decide what I want to do. I have really thought every year was going to be my last year for quite a few years.”

And then, as he does almost every time I interview him about anything, he ended with a gem.

“I didn’t mean what I said, and I didn’t say what I meant. Typical of me.”

So there you go.

Lobo
Lobo

GUYS I'M ONLY LIKE 6 ROWS FROM THE FIELD THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Ok gonna head over to a bar to watch the game with some friends. Say hi if u see me

Tommy D
Tommy D

@TheConman Girl look at that body.  Girl look at that body.  I work out.

Tommy D
Tommy D

@EephusBlue All of the pubs in Cambridge close at 11:00 pm.  :(

Good enough to announce the discovery of DNA, but not to show american sports in the middle of the night.  Jerks.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

that sounds unclear. i of course am talking about Dodger Thoughts