Another Dodgers loss means another round of finger pointing at manager Dave Roberts. Specifically, his use of the bullpen in Game 2 of the NLCS. Roberts deserves some blame, but the Dodgers offense deserves the most jeering. At the center of the sputtering offense is second baseman Trea Turner.
Turner’s Playoff Stats
Turner is an utterly fantastic player who has routinely come up short in the playoffs. Entering Sunday’s Game 2, Turner had a .577 lifetime OPS in post season play.
Unfortunately, this October hasn’t been any different. Turner’s OPS stands at .457 after an 0 for 5 performance on Sunday. He’s slashing .200/.200/.257. To be fair to Turner, he was darn close to a double and a home run in Game 2. Problem is, close in the playoffs simply won’t cut it.
A dangerous speedster, Turner has but one stolen base in the playoffs. First step in stealing a base is getting on base. Turner is the only regular starter to not have recorded a walk yet this playoffs. His nine strikeouts tie AJ Pollock for the team high.
Traditionally, Turner has not walked at a high rate as a big leaguer. Trea had the lowest walk rate (6.3%) among the top 10 players by WAR this season. It’s not an issue when you have an OBP of .375. It’s a big issue when it’s .200.
Turner has also struggled mightily with off-speed pitches in strikeout counts. Of his nine strikeouts, six have been on sliders or changeups.
The Dodgers need production from their best hitters if they’re going to mount a comeback in the NLCS. Trea has the rare ability to transform an offense when he’s playing to his potential.
Trea is the type of player that fuels an entire lineup.
If Dodgers are going to win four of their next five, they’ll need a full tank of gas.