Trea Turner started Saturday night’s game 12 for 24, .500/.480/.792, with two doubles, a triple, a home run and four steals in five games against the Atlanta Braves this season.
He went 4 for 9 with a double and a steal in the first two games of the four-game set in Turner Field, and went 1 for 5 with a three-run home run that was part of an eight-run fourth inning on Saturday.
Dusty Baker talked after the Nationals’ 11-9 win about Turner’s ability to hit for power at times like he did with the 380 ft+ blast to left field.
“We saw flashes of that in Spring Training,” Baker said.
“He’s slight of body, but he has good bat speed, but his job is still to get on base and then if he can show some occasional power... and you know those things come a lot of times later in his career as he gets stronger and gets his man-muscles together and then, hey, who knows, the sky is the limit with Trea, but right now we’ll take the occasional home run and stay out of the air and use his speed.”
On the year, the 23-year-old infielder has a .319/.338/.546 line with eight doubles, six triples, four home runs and 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts over 33 games.
Over his last 10 games, Turner is now 18 for 47 (.383 AVG) with four doubles, two triples, two home runs, five steals and 14 runs scored.
He’s hit safely in 25 of 30 games since the All-Star Break. He’s back atop the order today for the series finale in Turner Field.
Wilmer Difo gets the start at third base for the first time in the majors, with Anthony Rendon resting for the day. He’s started 13 games at third in the minors.
Gio Gonzalez is on the mound in Atlanta at 1:10 PM as the NL East rivals wrap up the four-game series.
Here’s the Nationals’ lineup: