Justin Turner and the Dodgers’ offense continue to struggle. Milwaukee Brewers starter Eric Lauer was the latest lefty to shutdown the LA offense in a 2-1 victory for the Brew Crew. The Dodgers have lost eight of their last eleven and continue to look anemic on offense.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 30, 2021
Seemingly no one in the lineup is swinging a hot bat. In spite of that, Turner believes they’re still doing the right things in the batter’s box. Positive results just haven’t consistently happened.
“[A] little bit of bad luck is definitely in there. We’re hitting a lot of balls hard and not getting rewarded for it which makes it tough to feel confident. You hit a ball hard and you don’t get rewarded for it. That can fester a little bit. … You just understand that you’re taking good at-bats and eventually they’ll find those holes and we’ll be able to pass the baton like we’re used to.”
In those eleven games, the Dodgers are averaging 3.45 runs per game. After hitting over .400 through mid-April, Turner’s average has dropped to .344. He has one extra-base hit since April 19th. Everyone, even a prolific hitter like Turner, is scuffling offensively. Even if only a bit.
No Extra Motivation Needed
After Thursday night’s loss, the Dodgers fell out of first place in the National League West for the first time since April 3rd. With that, Turner was asked if the team will find extra motivation this week now that they’re out of first place.
“We show up everyday expecting to win a ball game so it doesn’t matter where we’re at in the standings. Doesn’t change what we’re trying to do on a day-to-day basis.”
To Turner’s point, there’s plenty of baseball left to be played. Rather than stewing on their struggles, the Dodgers and their offense need to take it one game at a time. The hits will fall sooner or later.