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Dodgers News: Trea Turner Capitalizes on Swing Fix from Last Day of the Season in NLDS Game 1

Dodgers shortstop, Trea Turner, struggled over the last few weeks of the season, batting just .230 with a .535 OPS in 19 games from September 16 to October 4.

On the final day of the regular season, though, Turner went 2-for-4 with a homer, giving hope that he had figured something out just in time for the postseason. Turner has mostly struggled in the postseason throughout his career, batting .228 with a .561 OPS in 39 games heading into last night’s NLDS Game 1 against the Padres.

Trea went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer in Game 1, narrowly missing another homer on a ball that was caught at the wall in left field. While two games a week apart with five days off in between aren’t enough to conclusively say Turner has fixed whatever was ailing him, he told the media after the game that he has made specific adjustments and is seeing the results.

“I think a lot of it was timing and being able to — I thought I was on time, and I wasn’t, and then when I’m late, I try to make up for it. A lot of bad habits. Just being earlier and on time cleans up a lot of things.

“Just keep talking it over with the hitting coaches and some of my teammates and whatnot, and I think it just kind of comes down to time, and that’s kind of the small adjustment I’ve made the last six at-bats or so along with some other things. I think it’s mostly just being on time for 95-plus and adjusting to everything else.”

“Being on time” is a phrase you often see hitters use. There are a lot of moving parts in a major-league swing, and if one part is late, it affects the entire swing. We’ll need at least a few more games to know for sure, but it sure would be good news if Trea has figured out his issues at the plate at exactly the right time.

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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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