Second year in a row, it’s Turner vs. Murphy
By Cary Osborne
Argh! Daniel Murphy! Well, the same is being said on the other end for Dodger opponents in the postseason about Justin Turner.
It’s Turner who has the better slash numbers when the two are matched up against each other over their last two postseason meetings.
After going 2 for 3 with two walks in Sunday’s 5-2 loss in Game 2 of the National League Division Series, Turner is now 4 for 6 in this series. He is 14 for 25 and is slashing .560/.586/.920 in his last two playoff series. He also has a homer and six RBI in the seven games against Murphy teams in the postseason.
Turner’s postseason career average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage (.518/.581/.851) all rank No. 1 in Dodger playoff history among batters with at least 25 plate appearances. His average and on-base percentage each rank second among all Major Leaguers in postseason history with a minimum of 25 plate appearances. His 1.432 OPS is third.
Murphy went 3 for 3 on Sunday with a two-out, two-strike, two-run single in the fifth inning off Rich Hill and an RBI single in the seventh.
The second baseman is now a combined 11 for 27 with three home runs and seven RBI against the Dodgers over the last two NLDS and is slashing .407/.448/.778.