October is the month when great players become legends in Major League Baseball. With all the clutch hits, key defensive plays, and an iconic walk-off home run, Justin Turner has cemented himself as a Dodger legend in large part due to his postseason heroics.
Turner is the franchise postseason leader in hits (81), home runs (13), RBI (42), doubles (19), runs (41), games (77), walks (34) and of course, he’s been drilled the most (11).
The 2017 NLCS MVP has a career slash line of .280/.375/.488 in the postseason but has gotten off to a slow start this year. This October, the third baseman is slashing .095/.136/.238 with a home run. Through four games in the NLDS, he’s just 1-for-17 with 4 strikeouts.
We break down how the Giants are attacking Turner and discuss if the Dodgers should consider moving him further down in the lineup for Thursday’s winner take all Game 5. Plus, where should the Dodgers place hot-hitting Gavin Lux in the lineup and why Justin Turner could be on the verge of breaking out of his early postseason slump.
The Big Questions
So what’s wrong with JT? And should Dave Roberts drop him lower in the batting order?
On the what’s wrong front, he looks out of rhythm, like he’s searching for his timing at the plate. He’s lacked that killer instinct on pitches in the zone. We all know that one game can spark something for a hitter like Justin Turner, but for the sake of the Dodgers, we better home that comes soon.
Do you run with the same exact lineup on Thursday or do you drop JT further down?
— Clint Pasillas (FRG) (@realFRG) October 13, 2021
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