This is just the second time all season that Puig isn’t in the starting lineup. He leads the Dodgers with 35 starts, and has played in every inning of his 35 games played.
Brett Eibner fills in for Puig in right field on Saturday.
Puig has a weird reverse split in the early going, just 7-for-41 (.171) against lefties, including 0-for-6 this year against Anderson, who was originally scheduled to start Thursday’s series opener but was pushed back.
Those pair of extra days meant a start for Franklin Gutierrez, who was dealing with a hip flexor and would not have started Thursday’s game had Anderson started. Gutierrez has started all seven games now against left-handed pitchers when he has been active this season.
Gutierrez is 5-for-17 (.294) with two doubles, a home run, and three walks against southpaws this season.
The Dodgers also have right-handers starting in center field (Kiké Hernandez), second base (Chris Taylor) and catcher (Austin Barnes). The only two left-handed batters in the lineup are the two youngest position players on the team, with Corey Seager at shortstop and Cody Bellinger at first base.
For the Rockies, Charlie Blackmon gets a day off, with Gerardo Parra getting the start in center field.