Dodgers: Comparing the Rosters of the Astros and Dodgers

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HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 22: Carlos Correa
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 22: Carlos Correa /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 29: Pinch hitter Justin Turner /

Third Base: Alex Bregman vs. Justin Turner

Alex Bregman is the young starting third baseman for the Astros. At just 23-years-old, he is in his second year with the big club. He was a part of the USA roster during the World Baseball Classic. This showed how high expectations were for him. He is another future piece to this already excellent team.

He sits currently with eight home runs this season, which is the same amount he had last year, but this season he has played in over double the amount of games that he had played in all of the last season. His power numbers have taken a slight dip, but his average is almost identical. Bregman still has some growing to do as a player, but the future is bright because of his potential.

Justin Turner is an MVP candidate, and I don’t care what anybody else tells me. He is hitting right around .370 and has close to a .500 on-base percentage which is almost video game-like. He leads all third basemen in AVG, OBP, and OPS. He provides protection for Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger. He is also a clutch hitter and gets hits in big moments.

Along with that, Turner has become an elite defender. He is often over looked because of the bigger names at the position like Arenado, Bryant, and Machado; but he deserves to be mentioned alongside them as one of the top third basemen in the league this past couple of seasons. The reason he isn’t is that he was a late bloomer and people don’t give him the respect he deserves.

Verdict:

For the time being this is a no contest. Turner runs away with this position for the Boys in Blue. But in the future, this discussion can and will be very different depending on the development of Alex Bregman in Houston. Justin Turner is currently leaps and bounds ahead of Bregman, and his unbelievable stats solidify that fact.

Los Angeles, Dodgers lead 3-2

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