The Dodgers have struggled offensively in the month of August but one player who has not struggled this month is the red-hot Justin Turner.
The Dodgers offensive struggles in August have been well documented but the one player who has not had any trouble hitting this month is Justin Turner. Turner continued his red-hot August on Sunday as he went 3-5 with five RBI’s.
Turner played a big factor in the Dodgers’ sweep of the Padres as he had the game-winning hit on Saturday and then knocked in five runs on Sunday. Turner is now hitting .405 in August with five home runs and nineteen RBI’s.
Dave Roberts seems to have settled in with batting Justin Turner second and Manny Machado third and the results have been great so far. As the number two hitter in the order, Turner is hitting .356 with a 1.079 OPS compared to a .790 OPS hitting third.
Whether the difference is that Justin Turner is now fully recovered from his wrist injury, or that he is benefiting from batting in front of Manny Machado, the results are clear that Turner should be the number two hitter in the order and hit in front of Machado.
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