Dodgers: The Top of the Lineup is Proving to be a Lethal Force
By Brook Smith
3. Justin Turner
It seems as though Dodgers’ fans have been thanking the New York Mets every single season since they released Justin Turner. Since coming to the team in 2014, Turner has hit an incredible .306 and crushed 61 home runs. It is really incredible when you consider the previous five seasons with Baltimore and New York; he hit .260 with only eight total home runs, eventually leading to him being cut by the Mets. So yeah, Los Angeles has at least one thing to thank New York for.
In 2017, Turner has been one of the best offensive weapons in all of baseball. He currently leads the National League in batting average, with a .350 mark on the year. His on base percentage of .448 ranks first in all of baseball for the year. And while his power numbers may have lacked early on, Turner has hit 11 home runs thus far, most of them coming since his return from the DL.
On top of all that, Turner is also crushing left-handed pitching, something he struggled with last season. He owns a .394 batting average with nine of his 11 home runs against southpaws. The first three hitters in the lineup own a combined .358 average versus lefties and a combined .321 in general. These top three guys are the biggest reasons for the offensive success.