It has not been a good start to the season for Trea Turner. He is swinging at everything, and the ball is missing the bat a ton. Turner has already struck out 43 times. On top of that he is hitting just .261, and slugging just .401. A far cry from the MVP caliber season many were expecting from him in his first season with the Phillies. It is of course still early, and he tends to be a slow starter anyway. But a month and a half in, it is understandable to be a bit impatient waiting to see him play like the guy we used to see with the Dodgers and Nationals.
And to weigh in on what is wrong right now with Trea Turner, the Hall of Fame Baseball writer Jayson Stark joined The Best Show Ever. Is he concerned that this could continue to carry into the season, or does he see a turnaround coming? Here is what Jayson Stark had to say about Trea Turner.
“His swing is as messed up as I have ever seen it. He is a guy who has never had a launch angle higher than 11 degrees. It is at 16 this year. It tells you he has gotten way more uppercutish than he has ever been. Is that a product of all the HRs he hit tin the WBC? I don’t know. But the upshot is he is being dominated by fastballs. And because of that he is seeing a ton of them. He is hitting 100 points lower against fastballs than he did last year. 222 from I think 323. But I talked to Kevin Long abut this, and Trea Turned seemed like the least of his concerns.”
He will probably be okay. We saw Kyle Schwarber and JT Realmuto struggle through the first two months last season, and then become some of the best hitter in the league in the next 4. Trea Turner has been a good hitter for too long to struggle all season. It will continue to be rough watching him while he works through it though.