I am starting to think Yasiel Puig wasn’t hyped enough.
On Monday, it was his rifle arm that helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a victory over the San Diego Padres. He followed that on Tuesday night by showing off his power to help lead the Blue Crew over the Padres, 9-7. Puig went 3-for-4 with a double, two home runs and five RBIs in his second career game at the major league level.
Now the Dodgers are in position to get their first sweep of a series since the first week of the 2013 season.
They can thank Puig. The kid they call the Cuban Missile is proving the hype is matching the skill. He is bursting onto the Hollywood scene much like Fernando Valenzuela, Hideo Nomo and Manny Ramirez did before him when they became Dodgers.
This is going to be fun for Dodgers fans. He has a nice charisma about him; he plays hard and has a smile the size of the Dodgers’ World Series drought. This is exactly what the Dodgers hoped for when they called him up three days ago. They needed a spark and he is doing just that — just check Tuesday’s highlights.
With the Dodgers trailing 5-2 in the fifth inning, he crushed a three-run home run 439 feet to tie the game. Then, one inning later, he helped extend the lead with a two-run home run to right field to give the Dodgers a 9-6 lead. He also doubled in the first inning and will enter Wednesday’s series finale with five hits in his first eight major league at-bats. Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are soooo 2012.
Want more stats? Try this one. He is the first Dodger to have 10 total bases in a game this season since Mark Ellis did it way back on April 23. He also has more extra base hits than Luis Cruz, the same amount of home runs as Matt Kemp, and I am willing to bet more cheers than Juan Uribe and Andre Ethier combined.
I know it’s only been two games, and it’s way, way too early to start predicting what Puig is going to do in his career, much less this season. But the way the Dodgers’ season has been going, it is easy to get excited for this young phenom if you are a Dodgers fan.
One thing is for sure — the Dodgers are a lot more interesting now with Puig in the lineup. I wonder what he will do next.