The Dodgers have been average thus far. In fact, they are perfectly in the middle at 12-12. But Justin Turner has been anything but average.
Turner is already living up to his $64 million extension. The L.A. offense has been up and down, but Turner has maintained a high level of play. Last season, Turner was hitting .235 through May, prompting fans to consider alternatives.
The script has changed quite a bit in a year.
Justin Turner is hitting .381/.447/.500, and he hasn't hit a homer this month. That is impressive.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) April 29, 2017
The power outage shouldn’t concern anyone. It’s par for the course.
Justin Turner has hit one of his 58 career homers before the month of May.
— Jon Weisman (@jonweisman) April 29, 2017
MAY 1 UPDATE: Turner went deep for the first time this season during the Dodgers back-to-back-to-back homer sequence against Philly. Now on a 16-game hitting streak, Turner is batting .404.
McCullough suggested the Dodgers move Turner into the lead-off spot to generate offense. There’s no indication the team will consider it, but if the offense continues stuttering, every option should be on the table.
At some point, Dodgers may have to consider moving Justin Turner into the leadoff spot. He and Seager are only consistent hitters.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) April 27, 2017
Los Angeles will likely gain momentum eventually, but it’s a positive sign to see players such as Turner and Corey Seager hitting well early.