LOS ANGELES — Consistency once proved evasive for a young Justin Turner.
It required him a couple of years to find the suitable formula, the right regimen to the 162-game grind that is the regular period. Now, the 29-year-old has begun to get it, and it couldnt have fallen at a better time for the Dodgers team that is without everyday third baseman Juan Uribe.
In the 20 video games since Uribe tweaked his hamstring on May 8, Turner is definitely batting .339 with 20 gets, 11 runs, five enhances, three home runs and also 10 RBIs in 59 at-bats.
I feel great. I feel comfortable, Turner claimed. Its always nice to have a constant number of ABs every day. Its actually a little bit different mindset going in when you know youre going to get four or five at-bats, in contrast to you might only get one.
Turner provided the majority of the Dodgers offense in Sundays 5-3 burning to the Pirates, driving within Matt Kemp with a single inside the middle, then later homering to help left-center. In Monday nights 5-2 make an impression on the White Sox, Turner drove by 50 percent more runs with a two-out one in during a five-run sixth.
Hes experienced some big hits for all of us, manager Don Mattingly said. Hes been solid at third. I think we just have to be careful with him playing lots of days in a row. So i will be careful with that, but he has been been good.
Mattingly emphasized not necessarily overplaying Turner — something he felt this individual did with infielder Nick Punto very last season. But Turner is comfortable hes found the right program to stay fresh off of the seat.
I think now, being a very little older, its a little quicker to maintain a routine and realize the importance of a routine, Turner said, and getting your work in along with making sure everythings feeling beneficial and going about your business in that way to try to sustain that good experience at the plate.