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Los Angeles Dodgers: Full 2013 Postseason Predictions for Yasiel Puig
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Yasiel Puig has been a sensation in Los Angeles, and the Cuban rookie may very well have been the Dodgers' team MVP, despite playing just half a season. But the postseason can be a whole different beast.

The microscope will be more focused, the lights brighter and the competition stiffer than anything Puig has dealt with before. While a player of his caliber may thrive in such a situation, there is a possibility that he will wilt under the pressure.

With Matt Kemp's season officially over and Andre Ethier still ailing, there will be more of a burden on Puig in the postseason than originally expected. He will likely man right field or center field, depending on the matchup, and hit leadoff for the duration of the Dodgers' playoff run.

So what can we expect out of the 22-year-old who hit .319 with 19 homers and 42 RBI in just 104 games at the big league level during his first major league season? Will he respond to the pressure and lead the Dodgers to the World Series? Or will his penchant for baserunning errors, poor pitch selection and overthrows thwart their chances?

Here are five predictions for Puig's performance in the 2013 postseason.

 

 

 

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