The narrative of postseason JT has been an easy one to land on for media each year as the Dodgers make another trip into October play. Usually, Justin Turner is a lock to lead the team on offense throughout the playoffs, but don’t look now… he hasn’t been all that great for a good stretch.
Despite moving into first place or tying for first place in a number of franchise playoff stats on Friday night, JT admits he hasn’t been great this October. Heading into World Series game 3, the veteran had an average of .216 with an OPS only .681 during the 2020 postseason. Moreover, dating back to game 5 of the 2018 World Series, Turner had been mired in an extended 20 game slump, batting only .227 over that stretch.
However, on Friday, the third baseman pointed to some changes made ahead of game 3 that had him feeling a whole lot better at the plate.
I’ve been grinding away and working with our hitting guys to try and get good feels and finally tonight I feel like I put together 5 good at-bats for the first time. … I feel like I landed on something that should be sustainable.
I’ll sleep a little better tonight and hopefully show up tomorrow and keep working on it and try to hone it.
Turner looked a little different right off the bat — literally and figuratively. His first AB versus Charlie Morton a rocket for a home run to left-center. In his second plate appearance, he rifled one down the line for a double that set up a key 2-out rally in the eventual 6-2 win.
It’s cliché season for JT and the Dodgers… one game at a time. But if they win two, well, the job’s done.