NLCS 2013: Why Yasiel Puig is the Difference-Maker for Los Angeles Dodgers

By Scott DelleFave
Yasiel Puig
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Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Yasiel Puig has been nothing short of amazing this year. This 22-year old seemingly does everything well. He can hit for power, has speed and plays fantastic defense in the outfield. He is a physical specimen, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 245 pounds. Despite his young age, Puig looks like he’s already filled out and might give teams in the NL headaches no matter where he is on the field.

Puig could become a difference-maker against the St. Louis Cardinals because the team will have to hope for the best when he comes to bat, and also avoid hitting the ball his way due to his fielding and throwing. Puig batted .319 this year with 19 home runs and 44 RBIs with 204 total bases, which is amazing for a rookie in MLB.

While a great deal of hitters have their average trail off as they play into the playoffs, Puig has actually had his average go up to an impressive .471 in the NLDS. If the Cardinals’ pitching struggles at all, Puig won’t hesitate to make them pay all series long by getting on base and scoring runs early and often.

It should be interesting to see if Puig can be the difference maker for the team and put the Dodgers back in the World Series for the first time since 1988.

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