URL Weaver: Puig. Destroyer.

Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

Are you getting sick of Yasiel Puig factoids yet? If so, it is high time you lighten up and appreciate what you’re seeing. Yasiel Puig did it again last night, knocking a home run the opposite way off Giants hurler Madison Bumgarner in the first inning, his seventh of the season. Puig added two more hits, accounting for nearly all the Dodgers scoring in a 3-1 victory over their division rivals.

Puig is yet to amass 100 plate appearances as a big leaguer and has played a grand total of 20 games, yet his 2013 is already worth 2 Wins Above Replacement, most on the Dodgers (by B-Ref).

His seven home runs look extra nice beside a .442/.476.753 line. He hits pitches he has no business hitting…and he hits them hard. He is Puig and he is here to destroy us all.

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He hits the first pitch with extreme prejudice, as Vin Scully notes in that highlight pack. He rides pitches on the outside half the other way, for power and profit as well as serving soft singles through the hole. He runs like the wind, sometimes recklessly so but who are we to judge?

He hasn’t really walked yet and his in-play average is through the roof but, watching Puig, does anybody think the time will come when he doesn’t dominate the game?

Everybody slumps. Puig will slump. The soft stuff away will inevitably wear him out…to an extent. But today is not the day to play real or imagined for Yasiel Puig. Today is, like just about every day for the last month, a day to celebrate Yasiel Puig for setting the league on fire.

And the rest

Only four games around the league last night. Four. That is one too many, according to most Phillies fans.

The Phillies playing on the west coast is like a nightmare Christmas where you just wake up to garbage

— Shannon Rooney (@sionnan) June 25, 2013

Jonathan Papelbon, praised on these pages for his consistent greatness mere days ago, blew the save against the Padres. Cliff Lee did Cliff Lee things but the Phillies still lost.

Papelbon makes it into mid June before blowing his first save & now has blown 4 of his last 5. He's the ideal Valverde replacement

— jasoncollette (@jasoncollette) June 25, 2013

Trade? Ruben Amaro doesn’t say no but he might as well have said no, considering the prices for his movable pieces. [Heyman]

Polish Brewers Bobblehead, the three greatest words in Brewers history! [Heritage Day]

The Blue Jays winning streak is over. The “days without Jose Reyes” streak is about to come to an end. [DJF]

A player’s perspective on when to dial it back: Gabe Kapler on Bryce Harper [WEEI]

The Nationals mishandled another injury. Just what is their #Natitude problem? [SI Strike Zone]

A rare success story when it comes to failing at pro sports. Success being a relative thing

@alexspeier Shows amateurism can work: pro baseball wasn't for Thompson, but he wasn't punished for trying & can still play college football

— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) June 24, 2013

The Pirates have an off day in Seattle, hometown of Pittburgh’s outfielder/meat-loving freak Travis Snider. Off days in Seattle mean one thing for Snider’s teammates: lots of meat.

Wow. What an evening. Officially Seared every hair of my knuckles. Started of with 43 beautiful thick-cut steaks. pic.twitter.com/WRBCuq9Va6

— Travis Snider (@Lunchboxhero45) June 24, 2013

BBQed sweet corn.. pic.twitter.com/oyT71qRkI0

— Travis Snider (@Lunchboxhero45) June 24, 2013

These went quick.. #pigsinablankey pic.twitter.com/rc5ol5Cy16

— Travis Snider (@Lunchboxhero45) June 24, 2013

So did these.. #baconwrapedlittlesmokies pic.twitter.com/Xjxm2kqPPH

— Travis Snider (@Lunchboxhero45) June 24, 2013

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