Dodgers @ Pirates June 16, 2013: There’s Nothing Puig Can’t Do

June 16, 2013 at 11:56 am | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

In this morning’s New York Post, Joel Sherman looks into the enormous risk Logan White and the Dodgers made in signing Yasiel Puig when so little was known about him. (Interestingly, Ned Colletti’s name is not mentioned at all.)

Most of the story is information we already knew, but I did get a kick out of this note:

White was impressed with the intelligence he saw when Puig — the child of engineers — established an Internet connection for White’s laptop after the Dodgers executive was unable to do so.

I guess PUIG DESTROYER is going to have to update “One Man, Five Tools” to include that sixth asset — IT guy. Puig’s back at cleanup today, as he continues to pinball around the first few spots in the lineup..

Dodgers
Pirates
LF
Schumaker
LF
Presley
2B
Punto
SS
Mercer
1B
Gonzalez
CF
McCutchen
RF
Puig
1B
Jones
CF
Ethier
2B
Walker
3B
Uribe
3B
Alvarez
C
Federowicz
RF
Snider
SS
Cruz
C
McKenry
P
Greinke
P
Cole

Part of the reason why he’s back at #4 is because Hanley Ramirez is out of the lineup, which isn’t a total surprise because he’s not 100% recovered from his hamstring injury. Don Mattingly flat-out said that “he may treat Ramirez like he does Mark Ellis by giving him a day off after playing him, until the injury is fully healed,” and neither of his regular infield duo are in the lineup today. I’m really, truly terrified by the idea of Ramirez being obviously less than healthy, because we’ve seen how badly that ends so, so many times. On the other hand, Luis Cruz is starting at shortstop today, and so I understand why the club might prefer a limited Ramirez to no Ramirez at all.

In the meantime, we’re going to be treated to a pretty interesting pitching matchup today. Zack Greinke takes the hill for the Dodgers against the #1 overall pick in the 2011 draft, 22-year-old righty Gerrit Cole. Cole made some noise in his debut by doubling in two runs while holding the Giants to two runs over 6.1 innings, though he struck out only two. There is some risk of thunderstorms in the Pittsburgh area, but the game should still get in, even if it’s delayed somewhat.

J.P. Howell remains unavailable as he serves the final game of his two-game suspension.

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