Answer the Yasiel Puig question
Oh, the ever-present question of what to do with Yasiel Puig. It’s true that he’s improved this season, but the question remains if he should be a mainstay in the Dodgers’ lineup. He’s shown power, hitting seven bombs and about a dozen other “almost bombs.” He also leads the team in RBI and is second in walks. However, he is also first in strikeouts, and all of his success has come off right-handed pitching. He’s hitting below the Mendoza line against lefties.
There’s no question he’s been productive but is it enough from a corner outfield position on the Los Angeles Dodgers? It’s still early to tell, but Dave Roberts is letting the Cuban showcase his abilities. He trails Seager by eight plate appearances for the team lead.
His arm is irreplaceable, but it’s not right to have a right-handed outfielder produce so little against left-handed pitching. Unless improvements are made, the Dodgers may need to find a better replacement. A possible solution may be to use Puig against righties and Franklin Gutierrez against lefties. If the Dodgers decide to search the market, the front office has proven its ability to find the best bang for its buck. Some names to throw out there are Hunter Renfroe and Aaron Altherr. There is also the Andrew McCutchen alternative which seems unlikely and ill-advised given his steady decline since his MVP season.