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Dodgers News: Justin Turner Off to A Hot Start

April 3, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) scores a run in the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres during the opening day game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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.

The power outage shouldn’t concern anyone. It’s par for the course.

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.

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.

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Written by Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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