Aug 27, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (right) takes a close pitch in the seventh inning at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart watches at left. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
LAD Yasiel Puig-.256/.324/.440, 11 HR, 112 wRC+, 1.5 WAR
NYM Curtis Granderson– .259/.366/.454, 23 HR, 131 wRC+, 4.9 WAR
This poses an interesting question about whether Puig will even be on the postseason roster. I maintain that he’s still the best outfielder on the team, but his hamstrings have been killing him and it remains to be seen if he’s going to be available for the first round. His stats are low because of injuries, and if he gets healthy (big if) he’s probably the best position player in this series not named Yoenis.
Grandy has regained his power stroke for the Mets, posting his highest slugging percentage since he played with the other NY team in 2012. He, much like Ethier, has found his mojo and bounced back after a few disappointing seasons, but Ethier still has better stats than Grandy and when healthy, Puig is a better player than both of them. Granderson is basically useless against lefties, so if Michael Cuddyer gets more starts in right it’s also advantage Dodgers. But I’m still taking Puig or Ethier over Granderson or Cuddyer.
Advantage: Dodgers (4-1-3)
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