Washington Nationals: Five Potential NLDS Game 5 Heroes
By Ron Juckett
After shaky start to the series, Trea Turner has pulled together a nice NLDS.
Now 6-for-17, a sweet .353 clip, with five runs and a stolen base, Turner has become someone Dodger pitchers fear at the plate. Yes, he struck out 10 times including three in Game 1. Once he gets on base, he is a threat to score. Unlike the rest of the series, Turner will not have to worry about the never-ending shadows crossing home plate. With the game completely at night, it is with a normal batter’s eye in his home park.
Because the Dodgers have cleaned their bullpen out so often, Turner has either faced everyone or watched video on how to get on. The nerves that rattled him in Game 1 are gone. Those new butterflies shared by everybody in both dugouts.
With one mistake, a walk even, Turner can manufacture a run nearly on his own. Dusty Baker placed him leadoff when Turner came from Syracuse for good and the rookie delivers in spade almost every game.
In a half-season that borders on legendary, Turner can cement his status with a big play in Game 5. His potential is endless. He would trade not winning Rookie of the Year for a championship in a heartbeat.