Baseball is hard. Baseball can humble you quickly. And in the case of Trea Turner, after winning the batting title in the regular season, it’s safe to say that no one was expecting this for the Dodger infielder this postseason.
In 10 games this October, Turner has just 8 hits in 44 at-bats (.167). Moreover, he’s taken no walks while striking out 10 times and grounding in to 2 double plays.
Again, not the way anyone was expecting it to go for the All-Star.
Dave Roberts was asked about the extended struggles of the second baseman. In short, he said what we all already knew.
Trea… he’s trying to figure some things out.
As evidenced by the stats above, Turner has fully been in swing mode all postseason long. He’s rarely taken good at-bats nor has he shown much interest in adjusting his pull-heavy approach. These points are seemingly something Roberts had on his mind as well.
He’s an aggressive hitter. I just want him to continue to be aggressive to his zone and if it’s not there, take his base. Use all fields like he can do.
With the season on the line tonight, it may behoove Doc to consider moving Turner down in the lineup in an effort to get some hotter hitters in position to contribute with runners on base earlier in the game. But with Justin Turner now out for the postseason, and Max Muncy still out, that might not be overly in the realm of likelihood.
The Dodgers will look to tap into some magic again down 3-1 against the Braves.