Dodgers: Trea Turner Still Not Feeling Locked in the at the Plate
Here in his first full season with the Dodgers, shortstop Trea Turner is off to a solid start at the dish and on the field. Save for some miscues here and there, the 28-year-old has been a consistent contributor over the first week’s worth of games this season.
Still, he’s not quite playing up to his own standards just yet. Turner spoke with media after Friday night’s 3-1 win over the Reds where he shared what he’s hoping to bring to the table as the season continues.
“The first seven games, I feel like I’ve been a little off,” Turner told Bill Plunkett of the OC Register. “I’m just not driving the baseball. I want to hit for more power. I’m getting my singles here and there, doing some good things, but still feel like I can hit better, strike out a little less, walk a little more.”
On the season, Trea is hitting .300 but with only a .679 on-base-plus-slugging. He’s also in the midst of a 26-game hitting streak, the longest active streak in baseball. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chatted about Turner’s “steady” play so far this season after Friday’s game.
“I think steady is a good way to put it. … It does seem like he’s doing something every night to help us win a ballgame. Whether it be at bat or playing on defense too. I think that he’s doing a nice job of staying above water but when he gets hot it’s going to be real fun.”
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Having seen Trea Turner at his best in LA for half a season last year, there’s definitely more in the tank for the free-agent-to-be. After his trade to the Dodgers in 2021, the All-Star posted a .950 OPS over 52 regular season games in blue. When he gets it going fully, this Dodger offense will be looking even more frightening for the National League.
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