The month of August is being re-named on Dodgers calendars to ‘Turner’. One will need to go a ways back in the annals of time to find a month that a Dodgers player was more dominant than that of Turner. For his efforts, he was named National League Player of the Month for August on Tuesday. The award was announced on MLB Network.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) September 4, 2018
Turner’s August, At a Glance
In 25 games, Turner hit .402 with 22 runs scored, 11 doubles, a triple, six home runs, 20 RBI. And for good measure, he also stole a base. All of this resulted in a .491 on base and .722 slugging percentage. Turner’s month took off on August 4th when he began a 14-game hitting streak.
A First Over a Tough Field
In winning his first Player of the Month Award of his career, Turner beat out many other great players. Paul Goldschmidt, David Peralta, José Martínez, Lorenzo Cain, Hunter Renfroe, and Ronald Acuña Jr. also received votes.
Nevertheless, this was the Dodgers first Player of the Month since Adrian Gonzalez in April of 2015. It’s important to note that Turner also won National League Rookie of the Month honors in May of 2011.
Turner recorded at least two hits and a run scored in four straight games from August 24th through August 28th. The Dodgers won all four of these contests. Los Angeles finished the month with a 14-13 overall record. Without a doubt, there’s a possibility this team goes belly-up if Turner doesn’t have a month that carries them as he did.
His 2018 campaign began slowly – but Turner is beginning to roll as the lights of a pennant race shine the brightest. Turner’s is leading by example and letting his play do all the talk – and no one should forget this August of 2018 when he ruled the baseball world.
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