Struggling Puig sits as Pederson gets initial start, hit

LOS ANGELES — It’s a sink-or-swim conditions for Yasiel Puig, and manager Don Mattingly pronounced Tuesday that it’s time to get Puig swimming again. Meanwhile, Puig’s replacement, Joc Pederson, excelled in his initial audition.

Mattingly benched a slumping Puig on Tuesday, giving Pederson, a team’s No. 3 prospect, his initial Major League start opposite Doug Fister and a Nationals. Pederson batted seventh and played in core field. He collected his initial career strike in a second with a bloop singular to core off Fister and also drew a travel in a sixth inning in a Dodgers’ 4-1 win.

After a game, initial baseman Adrian Gonzalez handed Pederson a round with his name misspelled on it. Gonzalez pronounced it was a “authenticated” chronicle of a ball. Pederson perceived a genuine round a few mins later.

“Any hit’s a hit,” Pederson pronounced of his blooper. “It’s usually good to get a initial one off your chest.”

As for Puig, Mattingly pronounced he hopes a time off gives a outfielder a possibility to fine-tune. He wouldn’t contend either Puig would lapse to a lineup Wednesday.

“It gives we a possibility to work,” Mattingly said. “There’s a saying, ‘You can’t see a timberland from a trees.’ Sometimes we get so tighten to it and you’re perplexing and perplexing and you’re roughly fighting yourself.”

Puig is 6-for-47 in his final 13 games. Mattingly pronounced he thinks a length of a deteriorate competence be impacting him, observant he had identical struggles nearby a finish of final season.

The preference to start Pederson over Scott Van Slyke or Andre Ethier in core was shabby in partial by a male on a pile Tuesday — Clayton Kershaw.

“I consider with Clayton, we unequivocally try for a many partial to play a best invulnerability that we can,” Mattingly said. “The one thing about Joc that we consider everybody in a classification is flattering most in unison with is that this guy’s a best defensive core fielder. So we feel like today, if we’re going to play someone in core … he’s a loyal core fielder. He’s substantially a usually loyal core fielder we have during this point.”

Pederson didn’t have a round strike to him a whole night.

“When we have someone like [Clayton] Kershaw throwing, there’s not many balls put in play,” Pederson said. “So it is what is. It’s good when I’m not removing balls.”

Pederson had a pinch-hit coming Monday, distinguished out with a restraining runs on bottom to finish a 6-4 detriment opposite a Nationals. But Mattingly pronounced a Dodgers are tender with a approach Pederson carries himself and with a “swagger” he has. After Tuesday’s game, Mattingly pronounced a 22-year-old reminds him of a Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez.

“He looked good,” Mattingly said. “For me, we watch his at-bats, and he usually reminds me of CarGo. The same swing. It’s got that [George] Brett look. we consider he looks good all a time.”

However, Mattingly pronounced Pederson’s start in core margin doesn’t put Puig’s pursuit in jeopardy.

“Honestly, this time of year, we don’t consider Yas has to infer anything here,” Mattingly said. “I consider we all know that he can do it. It’s a elementary suspicion of, ‘What are we doing to assistance get him right?’”

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