The book on Puig

July, 13, 2013
7/13/13
3:21
PM PT
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:

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

Dodgers
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

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Zack Greinke
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.74 140 131
OTHER LEADERS
BAY. Puig .310
HRA. Gonzalez 15
RBIA. Gonzalez 68
RD. Gordon 58
OPSY. Puig .929
ERAC. Kershaw 1.76
SOC. Kershaw 141