The book on Puig

LOS ANGELES -- Take it for what it's worth, but one veteran scout who has been following the Dodgers lately said a clear pattern has emerged for pitching to Yasiel Puig. According to the scout, pitchers who are able to follow it have had a relatively easy time pitching to him.

It boils down to pitching him up and in, then "climbing the ladder," in baseball jargon. No major revelation there. Puig has long arms and loves to hit low pitches or fastballs outside the other way. He's an extremely aggressive hitter, swinging at 55.7 percent of pitches he sees, 10 percent above the league average.

"Start at the belt and work your way up," the scout said. "He can't lay off."

What's unclear is how much Puig's nagging hip injury -- he was held out of Saturday's lineup because of it -- has contributed to his diminishing production. Before his hip collided with the wall in Colorado, Puig had a 1.218 OPS. Since then, it's .614.

Carl Crawford also missed a second straight game with lower-back stiffness. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said both players are available as pinch hitters.

Here are lineups for Saturday's game vs. Colorado:


1. Dexter Fowler CF

2. DJ LeMahieu 2B

3. Carlos Gonzalez LF

4. Michael Cuddyer RF

5. Todd Helton 1B

6. Nolan Arenado 3B

7. Yorvit Torrealba C

8. Jonathan Herrera SS

9. Tyler Chatwood RHP


1. Skip Schumaker RF

2. Mark Ellis 2B

3. Adrian Gonzalez 1B

4. Hanley Ramirez SS

5. Andre Ethier CF

6. A.J. Ellis C

7. Jerry Hairston Jr. LF

8. Juan Uribe 3B

9. Zack Greinke RHP