Trea Turner was not at his best early in the season, but after a 3-for-4 effort against the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, the Washington Nationals shortstop has pushed his average up to .270. Turner got on base four times against the O’s, swiped three bags, scored twice, and made a brilliant defensive play as well.
Turner has 21 stolen bases and has been caught only three times, which is a pretty good percentage; he is on pace to steal more than 60 bags this season. Imagine what would happen if he walked more often—he’s taken only nine base on balls this season and has a meager .302 on-base percentage.
He’s also on pace to strike out about 150 times, but as long as he’s hitting the ball hard when he makes contact—he has 19 extra-base hits, including four triples and five homers—he’ll be fine. The strikeouts help the opposition limit his impact, but as yesterday showed, those limits extend only so far.