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The Week That Was
Yasiel Puig was one of the bigger draft helium guys between December and the start of the season after he was dealt from the Dodgers to the Reds. Many drafters saw not only the appeal of him playing half of his games in Great American Ballpark, but it also eliminated the playing time risk that Puig often encountered because of the extreme depth the Dodgers have up and down the lineup. In addition, the move to Cincy also made it quite likely that Puig would hit in the middle of the order every single night.
Puig has responded to this hype with a miserable first month of the season, hitting only .178 after yet another 0-for-4 on Thursday, this time against Noah Syndergaard. The most concerning aspect of Puig's start is the large jump in his strikeout rate. For someone with the reputation as a bit of a wild swinger, Puig has struck out in less than 20 percent of his plate appearances in each of the last two seasons. He may be pressing trying to make something happen in his new digs, but Puig's strikeout rate currently sits at an elevated 26.3 percent. In addition, his walk rate is way down to 4.5 percent from 8.1 percent in 2018 and 11.2 percent in 2017.
His batted ball profile is a reason for some optimism, as he has managed to maintain his 2018 hard hit bump with a 38.2 percent rate currently. In addition, he