Dodgers: A Tale of Two Hitters, Forsythe’s Struggles vs. Puig’s Success
By Evan Shin
The Dodgers’ 2017 success can be attributed to several players making key adjustments. Justin Turner and Chris Taylor are prevalent offensive examples, and Alex Wood is a solid example on the pitching side. However, not everyone’s changes have caught as much attention as others. Here’s a breakdown of a more low-key success and one not so successful.
Logan Forsythe is not living up to his trade to the Dodgers on the offensive side. He’s hitting .235, with a .674 OPS and 77 strikeouts. There was a stretch where he seemed to hit almost everything thrown at him, but for most of the season, he’s been flirting with the Mendoza Line.
On the other hand, Yasiel Puig is quietly putting together a great season, hitting 21 home runs, slugging .483, and is hitting over .300 since the All-Star Break. Credit Dodgers’ hitting coach, Turner Ward, and Puig for working on his approach to complement his defense with a bat.
I am not a hitting expert; I am only a humble fan with a little too much time on his hands. So don’t put too much stock into these observations. But these are very prevalent views that may actually affect each hitter’s performance.