With over 30 stolen bases and power, the Washington Nationals have a leadoff hitter that can set the table right from the start.
His ability to get on base the second half of this year changed how teams approached the rest of the offense. Only Bryce Harper, with his .373 on-base percentage, topped Turner’s .370
There will be butterflies for Turner, especially with the odd starting times and playing centerfield. Once the game is under way, and he understands the ball is the same size, he will relax and perform.
Turner at the plate can do everything. His eight triples were top five in the NL. In 73 games, he smashed 13 homers and his 33 stolen bases defied expectations.
His defense will improve as playing the outfield becomes instinctual. As the rest of the clubhouse focuses on the task at hand, Turner will adjust.
As long as he remains carefree, he will be fine while giving the Dodgers an extra thing to worry about. Turner’s teammates have his back. Playing those first playoff games at home will help too.
After doing everything right to close the season, there is no reason to think the change of the calendar will turn him into a pumpkin.