Can Justin Turner accomplish this crazy stat?
As of right now on 04/26/2017 Justin Turner has eighty plate appearances, no home runs, and an OPS > .900.
Only one LAD in history has ever accomplished this task in March/April.
His name was Brett Butler and it was 1994.
How about other months?
Hmm. Much more common in May. Jose Offerman did it twice, Rafy Furcal once, and Juan Pierre in beast mode did it once.
Nobody did it in June
Nobody did it in July
Here we go. Ted Sizemore did it in August of 1970 one season removed from his ROY season of 1969. Sizemore would only hit one home run in 1970 and had a season OPS of only .717 so you can imagine what his other monthly splits were. If you can’t imagine let me show the ugliness:
Split PA BA OBP SLG OPS April/March 60 .255 .317 .291 .608 May 79 .282 .354 .338 .692 June 30 .192 .300 .192 .492 July 45 .282 .356 .359 .715 August 105 .429 .457 .469 .927 Sept/Oct 57 .235 .316 .275 .590
Somehow the Dodgers were able to trade Sizemore for Dick Allen in the winter of 1970. What a heist.
Nobody did it in Sept/Oct.
Turner has a hard task ahead of him over the next six games left in April. He can’t hit a home run but he has to hit to keep the OPS over .900.
Can he do it? Probably not. He’ll probably blast three home runs including one tonight making all this moot. But it was fun to research.