MLB panic meter: Trea Turner, Philadelphia Phillies
Speaking of big contracts that aren’t exactly working out just yet, let’s take a look at the City of Brotherly Love, a place that hasn’t been able to show a lot of love to Trea Turner this season.
After signing an 11-year, $300 million deal this offseason, Turner has admitted that he’s played so poorly this season that his own mother was booing him. He even went as far as to say, “I’ve sucked,” and the numbers can’t argue that reasoning.
In his last 30 games, Turner has slashed .205/.252/.354 and has stolen just four bases. The well-rounded weapon the Phillies thought they were getting certainly hasn’t materialized just yet. Now the question becomes when Turner will revert back to his style of play when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals.
There is hope for Turner as, in his nine-year MLB career, he’s a better hitter in the second half of the season than he is in the first. If Turner can produce anywhere near his career second-half average slash line of .306/.357/.496, the Phillies will be thrilled.
We believe Turner is just too good to not snap out of his current funk. Look for a spark to come soon and Turner to be back to where he was as the All-Star break draws near.
Panic meter: On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest, we’ll give it a 4.