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Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig had a sensational 2013 regular season. After a June callup, Puig set the baseball world on fire, posting an otherworldly .436/.467/.713 line in his first month. He didn’t maintain that pace, but still, at the end of the year, only Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, and Chris Davis could top Puig’s 160 OPS+.
He followed up his excellent regular season with a strong NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, hitting .471/.500/.529, and helping the Dodgers advance to the NLCS.
The first two games of the NLCS have been a different story. The Dodgers offense has managed just two runs in 22 innings. Puig is 0-10 with six strikeouts, including a golden sombrero performance in Game Two.
Puig is an exceptionally aggressive hitter who tends to chase pitches out of the strike zone. No hitter who had at least 400 plate appearances in 2013 whiffed at a greater frequency than Puig.
Pitchers tried to take advantage of his aggressiveness, and only four hitters saw a lower percentage of pitches in the strike zone. Sometimes Puig obliged them by swinging and missing, and sometimes he hit the ball out of the ballpark. According to BrooksBaseball, seven of Puig’s 19 homeruns came on pitches out of the strike zone.
Of the 56 pitches Puig has seen in the NLCS, only 19 of them have been in the strike zone. Of the 37 other pitches, Puig has swung at 11, and whiffed seven times. All told, Puig has missed on 11 of his 24 swings.
Puig has also struck out looking twice in the series, something he did just nine times the entire regular season. This is a hitter that twice went four weeks between looking strikeouts. In just one instance did he strike out looking in two consecutive games.
All this isn’t to say that Yasiel Puig will be neutralized for the rest of the series. Puig is a very talented and dangerous hitter. Though he’s looked lost at the plate in the first two games, he could break out at any time.
Right now, the Cardinals pitchers have a game plan that they are executing very well, and not just against Puig. Call it postseason inexperience or a case of jitters for a young hitter, but I’m sure the Cardinals aren’t any less afraid of Puig than they were entering the series.
BEST OF MAXIM
Puig thought he hit a 4th inning home run off Adam Wainwright but the ball didn’t quite make it over the right-field wall. Puig still managed to turn the long fly ball into a triple. Brian McCann is not impressed!
Los Angeles Dodgers dancing diva Yasiel Puig prematurely pimped a blast he anticipated was leaving the yard for his first knock of the National League Championship series. Puig still managed to fist pump his way to a triple after the ball cairned off the outfield wall. Puig is definitely walking a fine line between swagger and stupidity.
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LOS ANGELES-- The 2013 National League Championship Series has seen some of the best pitching -- and undoubtedly some of the worst hitting ever in the Major League Playoffs.
And even after the 3-0 win over the Cardinals to narrow the series to a 2-1 St. Louis lead, no Dodger player would tell you that they feel the offense is coming back to form.
"Not at all," said catcher...
After winning Game One and Two of the NLCS in St. Louis the Cardinals received a harsh reminder that there was another really good team in this series when the Dodgers shut them out 3-0 in Game Three Monday night in LA--and couple of the Cardinals are not real happy with how the Dodgers did it
Adam Wainwright wasn't too fond of either Gonzalez or Puig after...
Puig who was hitless in the NLCS, thought he had a homerun when he did this.
Yasiel Puig bat flip
It ended up being a RBI triple, but funny nevertheless
For $849, you have the chance of owning a $25,000 Yasiel Puig 2013 Bowman Chrome Superfractor rookie card. It will be in one of 29 Super Box sets.
Only Yasiel Puig can get away with a premature, epic bat flip. Puig drilled a ball off Adam Wainwright in the fourth-inning that he thought had left the building, however it didn't clear the right field wall.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright wasn’t thrilled following Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, and it wasn’t just because he took the loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Wainwright didn’t pitch poorly by any stretch of the imagination — he gave up just two runs over seven innings — but the Cardinals couldn’t push any runs of their own across...
A baseball team has a problem with the way another baseball team is celebrating. So what’s new?
This time the two parties involved are the Cardinals and the Dodgers, and it just so happens to all be magnified because it’s gone down in the NLCS.
So what’s the beef?
Well Adam Wainwright took exception to Adrian Gonzalez‘s celebrating, calling it ‘Mickey Mouse’:
Kevin Kernan put together an interesting piece earlier in the week in the New York Post on Dodger baseball phenom Yasiel Puig. In his first sentence, he speculates that Puig is ready for October baseball, but wonders whether baseball is ready for Puig.
He builds his piece around what he calls the ‘Puig Philosophy,’ an aggressive, hustling brand of baseball that has endured...
It doesn’t matter which MLB teams win their respective League Championship Series, this is the photo(shop) that is going to sum up the events that got them there. What a fantastic job by some brilliant soul on the Internet.
In case you’re a little behind…here’s a refresher:
Fan in ‘Ted’ costume dances on top of Dodgers Stadium dugout
Yasiel Puig celebrates with a premature...
After Yasiel Puig showcased an epic (but premature) bat flip celebration in Game 3 of the NLCS against him on Monday, Adam Wainwright tried one of his own while at the plate in the top of the sixth inning. It was a little bit too aggressive, however, as the bat was flung all the way to the photographers pit just beside the Dodgers dugout. I know Wainwright isn’t paid to perform...
[ESPN Los Angeles]
Alright, so I didn’t see this game – I was playing the best 18 holes of my life – so it’s hard to analyze it too much. The Dodgers find themselves in an 0-2 hole. I saw that Yasiel Puig struck out four more times.
The Dodgers, my playoff horse that I’ve strapped my oxcart to; are now facing a game three in Los Angeles against...
In the brief interludes between arguing whether the Cardinals do indeed have “the best fans in baseball” and if they should or should not be offended by Yasiel Puig, a popular discussion topic on social media has centered on St. Louis’ so-called “Cardinals Devil Magic,” i.e., the sense that everything always seems to go the Cardinals’ way in October.
Setting aside the...