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The surging Los Angeles Dodgers are back in the race thanks largely to Yasiel Puig.
The Colorado Rockies' Michael Cuddyer has turned heads of late, too.
Puig and the visiting Dodgers look to keep rolling while Cuddyer tries to extend the longest hitting streak in franchise history Tuesday night.
Los Angeles (38-43) enters this three-game set seeking a ninth win in 10 games after beating Philadelphia 6-1 on Sunday. Puig led the way again, going 4 for 5 with a double, a triple, two runs and two stolen bases.
The 22-year-old Cuban defector has gone a major league-best 44 for 101 (.436) with seven homers, 16 RBIs and 19 runs in 26 games since getting called up June 3.
"Puig's definitely brought an energy and a spark to us, and his skill level, I think, is a little more than anybody anticipated it would be," Sunday's winning pitcher Stephen Fife said. "It's been a pretty historic start."
Puig's hit total in June ranks second all-time in a pla...
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Yasiel Puig‘s line is .443/.473/.745/1.218 through his 27-game MLB career, which is great and all, but the most important thing he does is bat flip.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie sensation Yasiel Puig put together a historically dominant month, and this epic highlight video proves exactly that.
Los Angeles Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig finally found an opponent he couldn't conquer: the outfield wall at Coors Field.
Puig made a leaping catch in the fifth inning against the Rockies, colliding with the wall and falling awkwardly to the ground. He stayed in the game for that inning and had an at-bat -- a sacrifice fly -- in the top of the sixth.
However, when the Dodgers...
It's going to be awfully difficult to keep Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig out of the All-Star Game, especially now that he has capped a brilliant start to his career by being named National League Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month for June.
Puig pulled off the double honor after an historic first month in which he hit .436 with 44 hits and a .713 slugging average in 26...
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The legend of Puig continues. Whether you decide Yasiel Puig is an all-star or not, he is still must see tv. It seems each and every time he steps on the field we walk away amazed at a significant highlight that must be talked about. As usual, he didn’t disappoint us.
Tonight’s super sensation was all about hustle. That’s right, Yasiel...
Currently the topic of some heated debate here on Baseball Professor, some of us are all in on Yasiel Puig as a rare type of player, while others are screaming regression. His .436 batting average is the highest in any month among all first-year players since 1916 (min. 100 plate appearances), and Puig also joined Joe DiMaggio as the only players in baseball history to collect at...
The Dodgers had to pay a lot to get Puig. They wanted to protect their investment so bad that even though he crushed the ball during spring training they sent him down to the minors in hopes he would mature. A bad season and injuries forced them to call him up earlier than they wanted.
And the rest has become history.
When the youngster was called up...
Michael Cuddyer's scruffy beard keeps sprouting more and more gray. It's becoming quite scratchy, too.
The Colorado Rockies outfielder wants so badly to take a razor to the whiskers, but that will just have to wait.
For the moment, he doesn't want to change anything since he's in such a groove at the plate.
With his single in the eighth on Sunday, Cuddyer extended...
Count Jonathan Papelbon among the Yasiel Puig haters.
Puig has taken the majors by storm since breaking into the Dodgers lineup on June 3, prompting many to trumpet his All-Star candidacy. Papelbon, frankly, thinks all this talk is ridiculous .
"To me, it's an absolute joke. It's really kind of stupid if you ask me," the Phillies closer said on MLB Network Radio...
I know what you’re thinking, “No, not another story about Yasiel Puig.” While yes, he is currently all the rage in Major League Baseball, this is not another story about Yasiel Puig, but about what he and a couple of other young players represent: a new wave of super-athletes in baseball.
A look at current and historic stats would argue that Puig is only the most recent...
The praise continues to come for Dodgers outfield Yasiel Puig. The Cuban rookie sensation, who has drawn comparisons to such players as Raul Mondesi, Bo Jackson, Vladimir Guerrero and Roberto Clemente, has just won the National League Player Of The Month Award for the month of June according to information now available at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ team website.
Yasiel hit .436...
For one night, the conversation wasn't all about rookie sensation Yasiel Puig.
Granted, the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder did have another stellar game, which is pretty much the standard these days. But Clayton Kershaw accomplished what few have been able to do lately - he stole some of Puig's spotlight.
Kershaw tossed a four-hitter for his second shutout of the season...
This week’s Triple Play finds us at the half-way point of the season. As the All-Star break comes into view, we look at a record-setting Rockies outfielder, the end of an error in Kansas City, our weekly Wainwright Walk Watch, and more. Off we go:
Michael Cuddyer, Colorado Rockies
At first glance, it looks like Cuddyer picked a perfect time to go on an extended hot...