It’s been a rough month of May for Trea Turner, the Washington Nationals’ shortstop, who just went 2 for 14 with a double and three Ks in three games against Pittsburgh, leaving him with a .156/.191/.281 line, two doubles, two home runs, two walks and 19 strikeouts in 15 games and 68 plate appearances this month.
The rough stretch for the 23-year-old infielder has taken him from a .317/.348/.556 line at the end of an injury-shortened April down to a .236/.269/.417 line on the year after an 0 for 5 game in the series finale with the Pirates yesterday.
Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo was asked last week, on his weekly appearance on 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s The Sports Junkies, if he had any concerns about the Nationals’ shortstop.
“Are you guys kidding me?” Rizzo asked rhetorically. “I mean, c’mon. Is this the same guy a week ago you were talking about Hall of Fame when he hit for the cycle?
“This is a hell of a good player, 23-year-old guy playing shortstop in the big leagues for the first time in his career. We’ve got some things to worry about, Trea Turner certainly isn’t one of them. We can run him out there at shortstop and leadoff every day and love the results that we get from him.
“He has been affected, I think, by Adam Eaton and his departure because of injury, but this is a star-caliber player, and he’s going to be great for us.”
A trip to Atlanta might be just what Turner needs.
Last season, Turner put up a gaudy .475/.492/.932 line against the Braves, going 28 for 59 with five doubles, two triples and six homers in 13 games and 63 plate appearances against Atlanta, with a .433/.455/.967 line in Turner Field.
He missed the first trip to SunTrust Park earlier this season, when he was on the DL with a hamstring strain. He’s scuffling, but healthy heading into the first of three in Atlanta tonight...