Not a whole lot went right for the Dodgers this week. With the Pirates in town, no one expected them to lose the series. Even fewer expected that Pittsburgh would walk all over them for all 3 games. But that’s exactly what happened on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.
But if there was one good thing to come from it all, it’s that Trea Turner’s hit streak is still intact. The Dodgers shortstop doubled last night against Jose Quintana to increase it to 24 games, the longest since his 27-game streak earlier this season.
Trea had that streak snapped against the Cincinnati Reds on April 17th. But even though he has made a habit out of hitting streaks, the Dodgers shortstop isn’t making too much of it. For him, it’s just part of the normal routine of baseball.
“Yeah, I start getting asked about it every day. Eventually, it goes away. I go 0-fer and it’s not talked about for a while. It’s just a cycle. It happened earlier this year, but I don’t care. It’s going to end eventually. Like I’ve said before, it’s a lot of luck with spacing out the hits perfectly. You could go 4-for-4 one night and 0-for-4 the next day and it’s over.”
Turner does have a tendency to piece together long streaks like this in his career. But he’s also very quickly approaching the Dodgers franchise record of 33 games, set by Willie Davis in the 1969 season. He’s just 9 games away from matching that mark, which is pretty remarkable.
The last Dodgers player to break 30 games was Andre Ethier back in 2011 when he put up some All-Star caliber numbers. Obviously, there’s a lot that Trea would have to do to even get close. But he hit .313 during the month of May and put up an .879 OPS. He’s on fire.