A bulk of the Los Angeles Dodgers offense this season has come from the bats of two players — first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and third baseman Justin Turner.
Throughout the regular season and the postseason, both Gonzalez and Turner have been consistent threats at the plate, RBI machines, and solidified the middle of the Dodgers’ lineup. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, A.J. Ellis has the utmost confidence in Gonzalez and Turner:
There’s nobody else, him and Adrian,” Ellis said. “They’re the two guys, when you get runners on base, we’re really confident in our dugout.”
This season Gonzalez was the Dodgers’ nomination for the Hank Aaron Award as he hit .275/.350/.480 with 28 home runs 90 RBIs.
Turner emerged as a top player for Los Angeles last season, and has since improved to boast a.294/.370/.491 slash line with 16 home runs and 60 RBIs. The success of the two sluggers has carried over to the postseason as the two have accounted for eight runs against the New York Mets.
Gonzalez is batting .313/.353/.563 with one home run and five RBIs through the first four games of the National League Division Series. Turner has also be a thorn in the side of his former team, batting .467/.500/.733 line with four doubles and three RBIs.
Turner dropped to one knee to make a stop and throw in the seventh inning, helping Clayton Kershaw get over the hill. Turner will get one more opportunity this year to remind the Mets of what they lost after the 2013 season.