Dodgers: Three Ways the Offense Can be Even Better in 2018
More games from Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe
In 2017, Justin Turner was hampered by his chronic knee ailments that ended up minimizing his offensive production in the World Series. He also missed a few weeks of the regular season with an injured hamstring. While Turner is never going to lead the team in games played, he was able to play in 151 games in 2016. That is a sign that JT is capable of playing in more games than he did last season.
Turner played in 130 games last year and if he can stay healthy the potent Dodger lineup will be less likely to slump with the captain of the team in the lineup. Turner had fewer home runs in 2017 than he did in 2016, but his .945 OPS last year was over one hundred points higher than 2016. If Turner had appeared in more games last season, he would have likely hit thirty home runs.
Logan Forsythe was another Dodger who dealt with the injury bug last season. Logan appeared in only 119 games last season due to a broken toe. The injury not only threw off Forysthe’s offensive numbers, but it also appeared to slow him down when he came back. While Forsythe only hit .224 last season, he is primed for a strong bounce-back season in 2018. He also mashed lefties to a .870 OPS last season so his bat was missed against southpaw pitching. If Forsythe and Turner can stay healthy in 2018 and play in more games, the Dodger offense will be better than last season.