This afternoon's most shocking news is that Yasiel Puig has been benched for this afternoon's Game 4 against the Cardinals. In his place will be Andre Ethier in centerfield. Below is the announced lineup for the Dodgers.
Gordon 2BHere is what Mattingly had to say, via a tweet from Ken Gurnick:
Mattingly said Puig is healthy. "This is our best chance to win today," he said of lineup change.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) October 7, 2014
Admittedly, Puig has struggled mightily at the plate, but this move seems a bit extreme to me. I always figure that you go down with the ship you got. On the other hand, maybe a change of pace might do the Dodgers some good. Should we expect to see Justin Turner inserted into the game if the Dodgers fall behind early? We could really use his wondrous bat.
BTW, if you're wondering what Ethier has done against Cardinal's starter Shelby Miller in the past, he has two hits in six at-bats; including a three-run home run. He hit that home run earlier this season in a late-June game at Dodger Stadium. Watch it below:
Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.
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