Trending Up, Trending Down: Justin Turner Among Struggling Dodgers

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It was a miserable week for the Los Angeles Dodgers — specifically for their offense and bullpen, as they dropped a combined five consecutive games against the Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros.

Astros starter Mike Fiers threw a no-hitter on Friday and the Dodgers’ bullpen couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning in Sunday’s game. Additionally, Los Angeles scored just nine runs during the five-game span.

Going winless in a week for the first time all season, let’s analyze the ups and downs during the rough stretch.

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Justin Turner: Getting a start in all five games last week, Turner struggled mightily at the plate.

In 20 plate appearances, he reached base safely three times, drawing two walks and hitting a single (.150 on-base percentage). While it was a forgettable two series, he did end the Dodgers’ scoring drought on Saturday with an RBI-single. His slash line for the year still remains elite at .304/.365/.528.

Yasmani Grandal: Starting in three games behind the plate last week, Grandal drew one walk and didn’t record a hit in nine plate appearances. Additionally, he struck out four times and saw his on-base plus slugging drop by 21 points during the five-game span.

Joc Pederson: Though he drew five walks in five games (three starts), Pederson failed to record a hit for the second consecutive week. He struck out three times in 12 plate appearances and saw his slash line fall to .214/.357/.441 on the season.

Additionally, consistent playing time moving forward may suddenly be in question for the rookie center fielder.

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