Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford has battled injuries for parts of the season and was just mired in horrible slump after his activation from the disabled list.
However, Crawford has turned things around somewhat with a modest six-game hitting streak as the Dodgers have won 23 of their last 29 games.
On ESPN Radio 710 with Marcellus Wiley and Ben Lyons, Crawford talked about the turning point in the season:
Ya I really think so and bringing up Puig. Team fight can really bring the team together and having that happen (DBacks fight), guys just came together and we’re a different ball club.
Crawford is referring to the Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl on June 11 as the turning point in the Dodgers season and also attributes the Dodgers success to Yasiel Puig.
Puig bats behind Crawford, which has helped the Dodgers score seven runs per game during their torrid stretch that has seen them jump into first place.
When asked about Puig, Crawford said he tells people he’s a rare talent at the big league level:
I just say he’s an amazing player. He’s one of those guys that comes around once every 5-10 years. He’s electric and a really exciting player. Definitely worth the price of admission.
Puig cooled down after his incredible June, but he’s come on strong in the Toronto series and had two base-hits in last nights defeat.
Crawford looks to be rounding into form after his great start and the Dodgers could have one of the best one-two combos at the top of the lineup.
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