How Good Is Dodgers’ Justin Turner?

How good is Justin Turner? He is so good. He is so good that after last night’s star-turn in the nation’s capital, the company broadcasting the game named its network after him! The Turner Broadcasting System, TBS!!

Justin Turner is so good that after hitting .357 in three 2019 National League Division Series games, his lifetime NLDS batting average has gone down, from .429 to .416. In his career, the Dodgers’ third baseman is hitting .416/.500/.675 with three home runs and 19 RBIs in 22 first-round contests. And he’s at .316/.414/.518 with eight homers and 34 ribs in 52 postseason games lifetime.

Turner is so good, he is so much the straw that stirs the Los Angeles drink (and stirs L.A. on and off the field, period) that he ought to be the Dodgers’ captain. He’d be just the sixth in franchise history going all the way back to 1884 and the first since Davey Lopes 40 years ago. I’ve lobbied for this before, but I won’t belabor the point. Today anyway.

Turner is so good that – as any Dodger fan worth (s)his salt will tell you – he truly reps the club and the city when playing the rival Giants. He’s hitting .297/.374/.492 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs versus San Francisco lifetime and he hit .409/.462/.636 at China Basin this year. And he hit .299/.381/.459 with four and 15 in the previous three seasons combined. Giantsbane, indeed. But enough of this silliness.

Old guys rule. Turner will be 35 next month. David Freese, an NLCS and World Series MVP in 2011 at 28, with a .297/.368/.555 career postseason line, with 10 HR and 36 RBIs in October, is 36 now. Russell Martin, with the game-and-series-changing double and a homer Sunday night in L.A.’s 10-4 win, is also 36. Combined the three old guys went 8-13 (.615) with 2 and 7.

Story by: Howard Cole

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