The idea behind Puig batting first today was "getting him that mindset of getting on base," said Manager Dave Roberts, "look at the last week, coming out of the strike zone, being extra-aggressive, swinging at balls out of the zone, putting him in the leadoff spot might temper that a bit.
Rpberts added "If [Puig] is on base, putting quality at-bats together, hopefully our guys will feed off that."
Other pre-game notes:
Scott Van Slyke is still unable to start baseball activities. Roberts said that Van Slyke is "moving around better, but to see him playing catch or hitting off the tee, we're still a week away from that."
Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy reported no issues after throwing bullpens on Saturday. "I think we are looking at Wednesday for their next pens," Roberts said, "both those guys were really really good."
Roberts has not decided who be the designated hitter this week when the Dodgers play series in Tampa and Toronto. He will talk to Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner and see where they are at and go from there.
Also for the Tampa series, Corey Seager will start both games against the two scheduled left-handed starters, Matt Moore and Drew Smyly. Joc Pederson will also start against Moore.