NLDS Game 1: Yasiel Puig Hits Fifth

October 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Posted in 2013 NLDS, Yasiel Puig | Leave a comment

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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