Going into the 2015 season the Los Angeles Dodgers front office had high hopes for Yasiel Puig. By getting rid of top and middle-of-the-order hitters in Dee Gordon, Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp, more was expected of Puig to be that big bat in the middle of the order along side Adrian Gonzalez.

Puig stumbled a bit out of the gate, and was placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career in late April. He missed all of May, and heated up in July and August, hitting a combined eight home runs and collecting 28 RBIs.

However, Puig again battled hamstring issues and missed the last 34 games before getting reinstated from the disabled list on Saturday. Although the dynamic outfielder was limited to 79 games, he’s ready to contribute in any fashion in the postseason.

“I’ve got to be there. All we have to do is win against the Mets, focus on the playoffs, do well, and our goal is to win the World Series,” Puig said. “So anything I can do to help, whether I start or don’t start, doesn’t matter. I just want to be there to help.”

Puig finished the season batting .255/.322/.436 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs. Despite that, he feels prepared for a third postseason in as many years. “I would say I’ve been preparing very well. I feel very prepared for the playoffs,” Puig said.

“I’m going to my job the best I can. My goal is to do whatever it takes to help my team, which, thanks to them, we’re off to playoffs.” In 51 career postseason at-bats Puig is hitting .314 with three extra-base hits and five RBIs.

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Daniel Starkand is a senior at Chapman University majoring in journalism and minoring in broadcast journalism. He grew up in Burbank, CA. He played baseball at Burbank High and his first year at Chapman. He also writes for The Panther newspaper.

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