Nationals: Trea Turner and the greatest hitting accomplishment of 2020
Remember the time Trea Turner racked up 15 hits over the course of four games. Yeah that was awesome. The top hitting display of the year for the Washington Nationals.
As we inch closer to 2021 we have just enough time to regale you with one last exploit from the 2020 Washington Nationals baseball season. In the year which culminated in a 26-34 record, there were very few bright spots. Trea Turner was one of those bright spots, and over the course of four games he kept us on the edge of our seats with his hitting prowess.
For the year, Turner led all of baseball in hits as he finished with a .335 batting average and career high .982 OPS. He had a 16 game hitting streak, 23 game on-base streak, and at one point scored at least one run in 18 of 20 games.
Turner was the offensive catalyst for the 2020 Nationals.
The aspect of Turner’s year which will stand out the most to me is his midseason trip to Boston, followed by a game in Philadelphia. For his hitting performance there, and the team’s ultimate performance in those games, summed up the season for the Nats.
Started simple enough, with Turner collecting three hits (two doubles) in the series opener against the Red Sox. A day later though, he wrapped out two more doubles, to go along with three singles. Eight hits in the first two games of the series, four of which were two baggers. In the series finale, the hits kept coming for Turner. Three more singles to give him 11 hits in front of the Fenway Faithful.
On to Philadelphia where the hot hitting for T-Squared continued. Four hits including a home run.
Over the course of the four games Turner was credited with 15 hits. He flew into Boston with a .309 batting average and walked off the field the first night in Philadelphia hitting .377.
15 hits in four games, including a hit in seven straight plate appearances at one point. A great performance from the guy tasked with setting the table for the hitters behind him. The Nationals lost three of the four games. A sign of the times for the way the year was going to go for the defending champs.
As the calendar turns to 2021, no more looking backwards. Only looking ahead to the great hitting feats Turner has in store for us in the future.