After the leadoff man for Tuesday’s game started with a home run and then, in the 8th inning hit another bomb over the left field wall, the question has to be what more does he have to do to get a start? And the simple answer is, well, become a catcher.
There isn’t a way for him to pierce his way through the ranks in the infield with the likes of Dee Gordon taking up second base, Hanley Ramirez at short, followed by great defensive gloves in Arruebarrena and Rojas and of course Juan Uribe at third, all of whom can hit the ball very well and play some marvellous defence. Well all of them except Hanley for the defence bit.
So for now it looks like the utility infielder will just need to sit tight on the bench until he is called on to his the game winning pinch hit home run or start a game due to someone needing a day off.
Is it even worth starting him assuming the Dodgers do clinch with games in hand just to give the other guys a rest or do you keep the starters there so they don’t run the risk of going cold.
Hitting 2 home runs today though is very good for Justin as in last two years with the Mets he totaled 4 home runs, 2 in 2012 and 2 in 2013. This is a clear sign of this being his breakout year and maybe him coming into his prime and at 29 it looks like the right time.
Could Justin maybe be the replacement for Hanley at shortstop in the next couple of years? Ramirez’ contract is due to expire at the end of this year and he hasn’t shown what he is capable of in terms of numbers, only hitting .284 this year compared to his .345 last year, even though he only played 86 games. Of course Hanley’s defense isn’t where it needs to be either and it is very obvious that Turner’s is outstanding wherever he plays so maybe that is the key to the Dodgers to build their unstoppable machine.
Turner is hitting .331 this year for LA with 37 RBI’s and 5 home runs to go with that. His average is the most out of any player on the team but it wont change the fact that he doesn’t get a start every day as the other guys are pretty good too.
Along with the other 4 every day infielders the 5 all come in the top 9 on he Dodgers ranks for average and it is looking like just another problem for Donnie and his staff to deal with come October.