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Yasiel Puig in search of the home run

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will try for a third straight series win on Sunday when they host the Mets on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

The lineup hasn't been posted yet but Yasiel Puig will presumably be in right field, especially against Steven Matz, a left-hander making his second big league start.

The subject of Puig's power, more specifically the lack thereof, was broached again on Saturday before the game. Puig doubled on Saturday and on the season is hitting .287/.378/.457 with a .365 wOBA, a 133 OPS+ and 137 wRC+, which is still quite valuable. Nobody is disputing that.

But the lack of home runs is striking.

Puig in May 2014 won National League Player of the Month honors for the second time in his career after hitting a whopping .398/.492/.731 with eight home runs and 25 RBI in 27 games.

But since then, the outfielder has eight home runs and 39 RBI in 132 games and 559 plate appearances, hitting .274/.360/.421, still valuable but missing the wow factor that was so prevalent in Puig's first 12 months in the majors.

"Home runs are not something I really worry about with him," manager Don Mattingly said on Saturday. "He's more of a guy that should be center field, right center-type hitter. That fits to his strengths. Him trying to pull home runs doesn't really fit to his strengths. That will develop over time."

Mattingly said Puig's home runs tend to come in bunches. Those bunches were a lot more prevalent when Puig hit 30 home runs in his first 155 major league games, through the end of May 2014.

But he has gone 20 games and 85 plate appearances since his last home run, hit on June 10 against Arizona.

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA