Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
For the first time since 2016, Justin Turner played in 151 games, and his exhaustion was apparent. He did not go on the IL until Game 4 during the NLCS against the Atlanta Braves.
At 36, Turner is slowing down even though he went on the Whole 30 diet to lose about fifteen pounds. He has lost a step at third base, but he still is an adequate fielder. His fielding percentage was .961, and Max Muncy saved countless throwing errors. The Dodgers would benefit in moving Turner to second base if the National League does not adopt the DH.
Offensively, Turner was a force in the Dodger lineup until August when he slumped. His batting average of .278 with 27 home runs and 87 RBI. He became slow at swinging the bat in August. Although Turner has been a perennial playoff producer, this year even before he suffered the major hamstring injury, he struggled. He had a .118 batting average with a home run, an RBI, and a .211 on-base percentage. I think he must have been injured.
I think Turner will have a lesser role during the 2022 season. He is a good player still, yet he needs more rest than he used to be productive.