Ramirez will try to continue his tear and help the Dodgers win their series against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Puig has played a key part in Los Angeles’ 7-1 stretch but has cooled off slightly after hitting .455 in his first 17 major league games. He’s batting .333 over his last eight, including 3 for 11 in the first three games of this series.
Ramirez, meanwhile, is 20 for 40 with five homers and 14 RBIs in his past 12.
The shortstop went 3 for 4 with a three-run homer Saturday, helping the Dodgers (37-43) bounce back from a historic defeat. A 16-1 loss Friday to Philadelphia (39-43) was their most lopsided at home since moving from Brooklyn after the 1957 season.
“He’s one of the elite hitters in all of baseball,” Ellis said. “He’s also a phenomenal defender and that anchor at shortstop that we sorely missed.”
Ramirez is batting .357 with five homers and nine RBIs in his last eight games against Philadelphia. He’s 8 for 30 (.267) with three doubles and a home run all-time versus Phillies scheduled starter Kyle Kendrick (7-4, 3.46 ERA).
The Dodgers, though, have often hammered the right-hander. Kendrick is 3-4 with a 7.97 ERA in seven career starts against Los Angeles, losing the most recent one June 6, 2012, when he gave up five runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 6-5 defeat.
Kendrick, however, heads into this matchup 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his last two outings. He gave up two runs over eight innings Tuesday in a 6-2 win in San Diego, notching his first victory since June 3.
That’s the same day Stephen Fife (2-2, 3.41) was recalled from the minors, and he’ll try to provide another solid outing for Los Angeles on Sunday. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts since returning to the majors.
Fife earned the win in Tuesday’s 6-5 victory over San Francisco, giving up three runs over 6 2-3 innings. He allowed more than two runs for only the second time in 11 major league starts.
Fife did not get a decision in his major league debut and only matchup against Philadelphia on July 17 despite allowing one run over six innings.
He’ll next face a team that’s batting .335 in its last four games and hoping to see a rejuvenated Ryan Howard on Sunday.
Howard, 0 for 14 in his last three games, was given the past two days off because Los Angeles was starting a pair of left-handers.
“I know he can still be a productive hitter. When I say productive I mean like power and knocking in runs and things like that,” manager Charlie Manuel told the team’s website. “He’s sitting there with 40 RBIs. If we just run a streak where he could get hot he could pull right up in the there. I think the talent is still there. I think the power is still there.”
Howard, though, is a career .199 hitter against the Dodgers, his worst showing against any NL club. He went 0 for 1 with two walks against Fife in July.
Philadelphia is looking to avoid losing a series at Dodger Stadium for the first time since 2008.
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