Dodgers Quick Hits: Yasiel Puig Leading the Dodgers Surge

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a Three-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on September 15, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 15: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a Three-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on September 15, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /
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The Dodgers already clinched a series victory against the Cardinals thanks to an offensive explosion from Yasiel Puig.  As the Dodgers begin to heat up, Puig is leading the surge.

The Dodgers appear to be surging with only thirteen games remaining in the 2018 regular season.  In the past, the Dodgers have been given nightmares by the St. Louis Cardinals, so this series is somewhat of a revelation.  Even if the Dodgers drop today’s game, they still take the four game series with the Cards, which nobody expected after they lost two games to the last place Reds.

The man leading the Dodgers surge is Yasiel Puig.  In less than twenty-four hours between Friday and Saturday’s games, Puig hit five home runs.  Friday the wild horse knocked out two home runs.  Then yesterday, Yasiel hit three home runs to lead the Dodgers’ offensive explosion in which they scored seventeen runs.

In his past seven games, Puig is now hitting .500 with a .571 on base percentage, and a ridiculous 1.389 OPS.  In his past fifteen games, the numbers are not as gaudy but they are still very good as Puig has a .317/.378/.829 slash line.  Puig hit a career high 28 home runs last season so his two best power seasons are last year and this year.

It’s worth noting that Puig has one season of arbitration left, so it was very important for him to have a strong season or else the Dodgers could move on from him without paying him any money.  As it currently stands, Puig will be brought back next season without a doubt.

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  • John Axford and Tony Cingrani will rejoin the Dodgers bullpen tomorrow against the Rockies.  The Dodgers will look to ease both pitchers back in before throwing them into the fire.  Dave Roberts also said that both pitchers could pitch simulated games before being activated.