Dodgers @ Marlins August 20, 2013: No Puig, Everyone Panic

August 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Posted in Game Threads | Leave a comment

marlins_homerOnly Yasiel Puig could generate this much attention for not playing, really. He’s not in the lineup today and EVERYONE PANIC HE’S BEING DISCIPLINED FOR NOT HITTING THE CUTOFF MAN WHEN HE THREW THAT PUPPY, probably.

That’s going to be the popular story, anyway, which you’d expect given all of the craziness from yesterday around how Puig “will never learn” if he’s not given a seat. According to Don Mattingly, it’s just a day off because of his offensive struggles, per Ken Gurnick.

That makes sense, because the fact is that Puig did look awful last night. He didn’t make any mistakes on the bases, but that’s also because he went 0-5 with two strikeouts, essentially giving away a plate appearance by swinging at an awful strike three after being unhappy with a questionable called strike two, then blowing up about it in the dugout. Over his last nine games, he’s hitting only .171/.231/.257, and while that’s an obvious small sample size, it’s not the worst time in the world for a day. Guys get days off. It happens. It’s supposed to.

Dodgers
Marlins
LF
Crawford
LF
Yelich
2B
M.Ellis
2B
Solano
1B
Gonzalez
RF
Stanton
SS
Ramirez
1B
Morrison
CF
Ethier
3B
Lucas
3B
Uribe
CF
Ruggiano
RF
Schumaker
SS
Hechavarria
C
Federowicz
C
Mathis
P
Capuano
P
Turner

The difference here, of course, is that we had all that craziness yesterday, and so the timing of this looks odd, I get it. It looks even worse since Puig was late to the park today, late enough to get fined — though reportedly he was going to be sitting today no matter what. It looks like it’s a disciplinary thing, and from what we know, it isn’t. (I say “from what we know,” because Mattingly is famous for protecting his players. Hell, Puig could still be hung over from going out last night. I’m not saying he is, because I sure as hell have no idea. I just think we should know by now to trust very little that comes out of the manager’s mouth, because his job is to defuse situations, not press them.)

So for Puig to get a day after his lousy last week or so, I’m totally fine with that. I just hope that he takes it as such, because I do share some of the valid concerns we’ve seen about his attitude. The last thing a team on a run like the Dodgers have been on need is to shoot themselves in the foot with internal issues, so I’m hoping this ends here and goes no further. (Puig is expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow, reports Tony Jackson.) 

As the focus inevitably lands on Puig, Skip Schumaker takes his place in right field, and the Dodgers enter a game that would do well to win lest everyone panic further about what would then be a third loss in a row. It’s about time for a good Chris Capuano start, right? right? It needs to be, because Stephen Fife sure isn’t in any situation to come and help after getting lit up for Albuquerque last night.

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