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Dodgers: A Deep Dive Into Trea Turner’s Playoff Struggles



Another Dodgers loss means another round of finger pointing at manager Dave Roberts. Specifically, his use of the bullpen in Game 2 of the NLCS. Roberts deserves some blame, but the Dodgers offense deserves the most jeering. At the center of the sputtering offense is second baseman Trea Turner.

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Turner’s Playoff Stats

Turner is an utterly fantastic player who has routinely come up short in the playoffs. Entering Sunday’s Game 2, Turner had a .577 lifetime OPS in post season play.

Unfortunately, this October hasn’t been any different. Turner’s OPS stands at .457 after an 0 for 5 performance on Sunday. He’s slashing .200/.200/.257. To be fair to Turner, he was darn close to a double and a home run in Game 2. Problem is, close in the playoffs simply won’t cut it.

A dangerous speedster, Turner has but one stolen base in the playoffs. First step in stealing a base is getting on base. Turner is the only regular starter to not have recorded a walk yet this playoffs. His nine strikeouts tie AJ Pollock for the team high.

Traditionally, Turner has not walked at a high rate as a big leaguer. Trea had the lowest walk rate (6.3%) among the top 10 players by WAR this season. It’s not an issue when you have an OBP of .375. It’s a big issue when it’s .200.

Turner has also struggled mightily with off-speed pitches in strikeout counts. Of his nine strikeouts, six have been on sliders or changeups.

Final Thoughts

The Dodgers need production from their best hitters if they’re going to mount a comeback in the NLCS. Trea has the rare ability to transform an offense when he’s playing to his potential.

Roberts has talked about it. His teammates have talked about it.

Trea is the type of player that fuels an entire lineup.

If Dodgers are going to win four of their next five, they’ll need a full tank of gas.

Written by Eric Eulau

Born and raised in Ventura, not "Ven-CH-ura", California. Favorite Dodger Stadium food is the old school chocolate malt with the wooden spoon. Host of the Dodgers Nation 3 Up, 3 Down Podcast.

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  1. Eric, EXACTLY. Trea and AJ are playing like members of the 1919 Black Sox! Truly disappointing.

  2. Geez relax. Hopping off the bandwagon already?

    Did you notice Atlanta slugger Freddie Freeman struck-out 7 straight times in the NLCS and is batting .000

    It’s post-season baseball.

    • Scotty, yes I did. Only difference Freeman has actually done something in the postseason before unlike Pollock!

      • Pollock vs the Nationals in the 2019 playoffs– 0 for 13 with 11 strikeouts, enough said. The man swings at anything in the postseason, because he seems so edgy at the plate, he is not made for clutch situations and shouldn’t even be on the postseason roster.

    • When ur down 0-2 games there will be lots of chatter. It’s not looking good right now. After game three wondering ? what the chatter will be like

      • Right you are Ruben. The narrative will change after Dodgers win game 3! A well rested Butane will shutdown these Braves and we will see who they really are.

  3. When will you guys figure out that you win in the postseason with players who can excel during it, regardless of what their regular season stats indicate!

    Joc Pederson career regular season BA .231 postseason .279. AJ Pollock regular season .281 postseason .178! Duh!

  4. How different these playoffs would be for the Dodgers if they had Kiki and Joc in the lineup, or at least off the bench. Miss them both!

  5. Just like Dodger fans and the very biggest reason that it bites me in the ass that my man Trea Turner got traded to the very piss poor team that may not have even been in the playoffs if not for Turner! If you don’t want his .325 average, 190 hits, and 35 SB’s then work a deal with an east coast team! I don’t want him on the west coast anyway. Who will Dodger fans blame next year. Go trade for Joc Peter’s son!

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