The Los Angeles Dodgers have picked up right where they left off the 2018 campaign when they lead the National League in home runs.
The Dodgers have been on a torrid pace with Cody Bellinger and Joc Pederson being one of the few tandems to each hit ten home runs in the first 25 games. The only problem is the absolute disappearance of Justin Turners’ power.
Through 26 games, every positional player that started the year on the big league club, sorry, not you Rocky Gale, has at least one bomb with the exception of Turner. Even a pitcher, Walker Buehler, has a four-bagger. Turner is notorious for getting off to a slow start, but this is glacial for his power. Even his batting average is considerably lower than expected and has only collected three extra-base hits, both doubles.
So, what is the reason? He was hampered by a leg injury early on, and may still be feeling the pain from taking a ball off the top of his hand a week ago. The Dodgers are going to have to get him on track. He has been an anchor on this team for the last three years and in order to continue N.L. dominance, his bat needs to show up, and show up soon.
The Dodgers have proven they can beat the teams below .500. They have even proved they can hang with the Milwaukee Brewers after taking three of four from them at Miller Park. However, after dropping the first two in Chicago against the Cubs, they need some lumber from their third baseman.
This team’s offense is going to be streaky. When it is on, it is one of the best in the league.
The consistency this lineup can bring is built for October, but those chances to reach a third straight World Series are infinitely better with Justin Turner’s bat doing damage. Until then, the Los Angeles Dodgers will be paging him constantly.
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