Yasiel Puig is back with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the mercurial slugger started has been dropped down to the No. 8 spot in the batting lineup.
They still believe in Yasiel Puig, but the Cuban right fielder remains somewhat inconsistent still. Read on…
During Sunday’s Opening Day lineup against the San Diego Padres was way different of what was projected. Apparently, all eyes are watching Yasiel Puig.
During the game, he struck out once. Then, Puig went 1-3 with a double and two walks in the Dodgers’ 14-3 win over the Padres.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts weighed in on the Puig:
“I think that with Yasiel, we’re looking for him to be consistent, and I think the at-bat quality needs to be consistent vs. right [-handed pitching] and vs. left. And I really didn’t see that during the spring against right-handed pitching. So, with [Toles] against a right-handed pitcher, I like the at-bat quality and I like the same with Logan.”
Despite his opening game play, The Dodgers remain hopeful that Puig will prove worthy of that spot eventually. He’s been a Dodgers favorite, so we know that he can pull it back together.
If you recall, Puig said that he wanted to reach his full potential since he’s back in the MLB after a tumultuous year in the minor leagues in 2016. Yasiel wants to be right up with productive veterans Albert Pujols and Robinson Cano.
Before the season opener, Roberts also had this to say about Puig, remaining hopeful:
“I hope Yasiel makes it tough for me to hit him down [in the lineup]. I think if he does that, and he plays to what we all know he can and to what he expects out of himself, then it could change the construction of the lineup.”
So far, he had a rough opening day.