And when the sharks cleared, the NL West was in a different order: The defending champs are on the bottom, a litany of .500-straddlers make up the torso, and sitting on top are the cash-hurling, player-buying, broken down Dodgers.
For that, the Dodgers have Puig to thank for... hitting .250 in July, with one home run and a... .634... OPS.
Take that, haters!
Puig has fallen back to earth, like some kind of shark, hurled into the stratosphere by a funnel cloud, and the role of "otherworldly performer" has been passed to Hanley Ramirez. But in that time since Puig's debut, the team went from last place, eight games under .500, to first place, four games over .500.
Puig will combine his white hot start and his ice cold July into a relatively average set of numbers, and go from there. His ceiling is set, and the Dodgers now have a far better idea of what kind of player he is after witnessing some extremes.