Trea Turner started last night’s matchup with a nine-game hit streak going, over which the 27-year-old shortstop was 14 for 38 (.368 AVG) with two doubles, two triples, two home runs, eight RBIs, five walks, six stolen bases, and 10 runs scored.
Turner went 0 for 3 the first three times up against Atlanta Braves’ starter Ian Anderson, but hit an RBI double to right-center off reliever Shane Greene in the eighth to extend his streak and drive in the only run the Washington Nationals scored in a 2-1 loss.
When he spoke to reporters after the game, Turner said he wasn’t really that impressed with his own hit streak, or hit streaks in general.
“I feel like I’ve had some good at bats and whatnot, but haven’t really done anything crazy,” Turner said. “So, feels like just getting one hit a night, and I guess that’s what a streak is.
“I feel like I could have done a little bit better here and there and just trying to get that consistency and continue to put the bat on the ball.
“I thought the last two games I hit the ball a little bit better especially the other way, and just trying to show up every night and give our guys an opportunity to win a ballgame and put the ball in play and do whatever I can. I don’t know.
“I don’t care necessarily for the streaks. I feel like it’s a lot of luck and a lot of, I don’t know, just an unimportant statistic, it’s more of if I’m having good at bats and how I feel at the plate, and if I feel like I’m on the right track to being consistent.”
None of the Nationals had faced Braves’ starter Ian Anderson before last night’s game, and they managed to get just one hit off the right-hander in seven innings.
This afternoon they face Kyle Wright, against whom they have a total of 14 at bats between them, including just four for Turner, who’s 0 for 4 with two Ks against the 2017 1st Rounder.
The challenges a lack of live familiarity brings?
“I just think you watch video,” Turner said, of Anderson in particular, and new starters in general, “you see arm action and velos and whatnot, but sometimes when you get in the box you see a guy better or worse or a pitch moves a certain way that looks different on video. It’s just facing him and realizing what he has and how he uses it.”
Will the Nationals be able to figure out Wright, who starts the day (0-4) with an 8.05 ERA and a .312/.442/.558 line against in five starts and 19 IP this season?