Dodgers: Projected Opening Day Starting Lineup

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Mar 7, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) looks on against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 7, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts (30) looks on against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 18, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig (66) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs in game three of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /
  1. Yasiel Puig, Right Field

Here’s where the lineup get’s tricky. With The outfield situation in limbo, here’s why Dave Roberts gets paid the big bucks.

Like Grandal, Puig also had an up and down season. So much that he was sent down for 19 games during the season. But that’s in the past now and from a look at the first and second half splits, it looks like the demotion helped Puig.

In 32 games during the second half of the season, Puig hit .284 with 4 Home Runs and 17 RBI. That’s a slight upgrade from the .256 average with 7 Home Runs and 28 RBI in twice as many games in the first half.

Puig had his best statistical numbers last season hitting in the 6th spot. Puig hit .412 in 10 games hitting in this spot. I’ve said before that it’s time to stop comparing Puig to the superstars of the MLB. If we temper expectations, we’d appreciate a .260 average with 25 Home Run upside type of player.

Projected Stat Line:

.270/ 18 Home Runs/ 65 RBI/ 70 Runs Scored

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