Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Puig Benched, Ethier In

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 2B
Crawford LF
Gonzalez 1B
Kemp RF
Ramirez SS
Ethier CF
Uribe 3B
Ellis C
Kershaw P
Here is what Mattingly had to say, via a tweet from Ken Gurnick:

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:

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Pic above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.

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