With a leadoff home run last night, Trea Turner extended his current hit streak to 11-straight games, and an on-base streak to 16 games, but it was in what eventually ended up a losing effort.
Washington’s Nationals fell to 11-16 on the season with the loss, which landed them in the basement of the NL East, 4.5 games behind the 16-12 Atlanta Braves, but Turner, in a post game Zoom call with reporters, remained positive.
“It’s all about perspective,” the 27-year-old shortstop said. “I mean, last place, how many games out are we from the Wild Card? Probably way less than we were last year. I’m not really worried about that, I’m just focused on playing better baseball in general.
“Executing, I think that’s what it comes down to. Just executing, making plays, making pitches, putting runs on the board when you can.
“Just getting back to winning. I think we’re missing that a little bit, obviously, but we got some good players on the team, good guys in the clubhouse, and I think it’s a matter of time before we play baseball how we know how.”
Turner’s 1 for 4 night at the plate left him with a .311/.383/.575 line, six doubles, two triples, and six home runs in 27 games and 120 plate appearances.
As well as he’s going right now, Turner was asked if he had any advice for third baseman Carter Kieboom, who grounded into two double plays last night and went 0 for 4 at the plate, leaving him with a .200/.359/.200 line on the season in his rookie campaign.
Turner said offering unsolicited advice to another player is not always exactly what they need.
“It’s not always good to go in somebody’s ear when they’re struggling,” Turner explained.
“It’s maybe the last thing they want to hear, and you’ve kind of got to wait for a good time to talk. Throughout the year I’ve talked to him about numerous things, little things. I told him he can come talk to me whenever he wants. We have conversations here and there, and I think it’s a matter of time as well for him that he’s going to turn it around, and we’ve seen him the first 20 at bats, he hit .400, so it’s in there, he’s just got to keep pushing forward, and if he needs any help or any conversations he wants to have with me, I’m all ears or I’ll tell him what I think and we can try to improve from there.”
When his manager talked about Turner becoming a leader on the field and in the clubhouse earlier this season, that’s probably the kind of thing he had in mind.
Turner’s back in the lineup for the 2nd of 3 with the Phillies tonight, and Kieboom was sent to the Alternate Training Site in Fredericksburg as they try to get him on track.