Puig is on the bench Sunday against the Padres. Despite being right-handed, Puig has sat against eight of the last nine lefties the Dodgers have faced. The right fielder has posted a 155 wRC+ against righties and a 73 wRC+ against lefties this season, so the platoon role makes sense. As usual, Matt Kemp starts in right field in Puig's absence.
Puig smacked a three-run home run in his lone at-bat in Wednesday's 5-2 win over Colorado. Puig was held out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game due in large part to his season-long struggles against southpaws (.216/.281/.384). The 27-year-old still made his mark off the bench with a three-run homer off right-hander Scott Oberg, providing the deciding runs in a critical victory. Puig's .275/.335/.509 slash line makes him a strong asset even if he continues to be benched against lefties.
Puig is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Puig is hitting just .216/.281/.384 against southpaws this season -- compared to his .301/.360/.558 slash line against right-handers -- so he'll stick on the bench for a second straight game with a lefty (Tyler Anderson) toeing the rubber for the Rockies. In his absence, Matt Kemp will pick up another start in right field and hit fifth.
Puig is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies. Puig will receive what appears to be a well-deserved breather after starting the last four games and slashing .471/.500/.1.353 with five homers and nine RBI over that stretch. Matt Kemp will draw a start in right field in this one, batting fifth.
Puig went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs in Friday's 3-0 win over the Cardinals. Puig managed to provide most of the run support for the Dodgers, and they didn't need much offense to begin with behind another strong outing from starter Walker Buehler. Puig has now collected three hits in each of his last two starts, and he owns a .269 batting average with 18 home runs, 51 RBI and 15 steals on the season.
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