Dodgers News: Justin Turner Talks Consistent Clubhouse Mindset
The Dodgers swept the Giants over the weekend, finishing their season series with 15 wins and just four losses to San Francisco. The final win of the series came on a rainy night in the Bay Area on Sunday, with L.A. barely holding on to win in 10 innings, 4-3.
After the game, Dodger insider David Vassegh caught up with Justin Turner, who had an RBI double to put the Dodgers on the board.
“It’s always tough playing up here, but we played some good baseball, some good games, and they always play us tough, and it was good to get an extra-inning, one-run win here to finish off the series.”
Asked how the Dodgers stay motivated to win after having already clinched the division and reached the 100-win mark, Turner says it’s really the only way this team is going to play.
“It just starts with this group of guys and wanting to show up every day and wanting to win. It doesn’t matter where we’re at in the standings or where anyone else is, we want to show up to the field every day and win a ballgame and feel good about ourselves when we’re going home.”
Since losing three straight to cut their division lead to just 17 games on September 2, the Dodgers have gone 11-3, extending that lead back out to 21 games and outscoring their opponents 90-39. They’ve allowed three runs or fewer in nine of those 14 games, shutting out their opponents three times.
The Dodgers have 17 games left this season, and 14 of them will come at home, with the other three in the friendly road atmosphere of Dodger Stadium South in San Diego. They’d have to go 16-1 to set the mark for the best record in baseball history, which doesn’t seem likely no matter how relentless they are. But they’re almost assured of setting a new franchise mark for wins in a season; even a 6-11 finish would get that done. They’re on pace for nearly 113 wins, which is probably around the mark they’re shooting for.
As Turner says, this team is very good at taking things one day at a time. Win today, and when tomorrow becomes today, win today again.
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JT’s bat has been doing some talking lately. If Muncy can get on track, and stay there, the outlook is good for the middle of the batting order.