June was a special month for the Dodgers as they find themselves only four games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks and they saw their present in the form of outfielder Yasiel Puig.
Puig finished June with 44 hits, a Dodgers rookie record for one month and has people around baseball clamoring for his inclusion at the All-Star game later this month.
However, Puig joined elite company after his 4-5 day yesterday as he finishes June four hits behind a Yankee legend for most hits by a rookie in a single month according to David Leon Moore of USA Today:
“Puig has 44 hits — second only to DiMaggio’s 48 in his first month, May of 1936.
“It’s nice to be on that list,” said Puig, though he conceded he didn’t know anything about DiMaggio.”
The Dodgers have won eight of nine and went 6-1 on their most recent homestand as they begin a nine-game road trip starting in Colorado tomorrow night.
Don Mattingly will have plenty of decisions to make as outfielder Carl Crawford should return at some point during the trip and the Dodgers will have four capable outfielders for just three spots.
Puig has made it impossible for the Dodgers to think about sending him down and if he’s able to replicate what he did in June, they will be atop the NL West standings very shortly.