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Washington Nationals’ lineup for the 2nd of 4 with the Philadelphia Phillies in Citizens Bank

Washington’s Nationals try to avoid a fourth straight loss in the second of four with the Philadelphia Phillies...

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Trea Turner started the series in Citizens Bank Park with a 15-game hit streak, over which he was 30 for 62 (.484 AVG), and 21-game on-base streak which went back to August 8th, with a .495 OBP over that stretch.

Turner extended both streaks with the first of four hits in a 4 for 5 game in which he hit his 7th home run of the season out to right field in the Philadelphia Phillies’ home.

Turner tore the cover off the ball in Fenway Park this past weekend, finishing the three-game series 11 for 15 (.733/.733/1.000) with four doubles.

After another multi-hit game against Washington’s NL East rivals, the Nationals’ shortstop was asked how he feels at the plate right now?

“Lucky,” the 27-year-old said. “I hit a couple balls good tonight, but I got lucky on a couple too, so — they’re just falling in the right spots.

“We have plenty of guys hitting balls really hard right at people, so I just feel lucky.”

If it’s luck, he’s been consistently lucky for weeks now. And about that consistency? How do you stay locked in at the plate like he has during his streaks?

“Show up at the field and work and be particular in what you’re trying to do,” Turner said, “... each and every day if you’re trying to improve something or learn how to do something, just take it real seriously. And I think it’s a lot of mental, it’s a lot of not giving anything away when you’re up there in the fourth at bat in a game that doesn’t matter whether you’re winning or losing, or any situation really, just not giving anything away and competing, and I feel like I’ve done a good job of doing that and just making sure that no matter the score I’m trying compete and have good at bats.”

“It’s tough,” Juan Soto said of the consistent approach he’s seen from Turner, which he said recently has been going on since the run to the World Series championship last October.

“It’s really tough to do it because sometimes you can lose that in one pitch, in one at bat, and to be consistent is really tough.

“That’s why sometimes you just got to forget about what you do in some at bats and try to figure out how you’re going to do in the next at bat. It’s not that easy to be that consistent.”

“I think that’s always something I’ve always strived for throughout my career,” Turner added.

“That’s something that I’ve always wanted to be good at with all facets, is just being consistent.

“You saw that with [Anthony Rendon] and Juan really over the last few years, that they just show up to the park and feel like they’re locked in whether they are or aren’t, they just consistently have good at bats. That’s something that I wanted to do, and I just feel like I’m doing it right now, and even if I get out I feel like my next at bat I bounce back and have a good at bat or foul some pitches off of make it tough on the guys over there.”

Will Turner make it tough on Aaron Nola tonight? He’s 6 for 22 (.188/.212/.219) with a double, a walk, and 12 Ks against Nola in the head-to-head matchup with the right-hander.

Will his hit and on-base streaks survive another matchup with the Phillies’ ace?