Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is one of three finalists for a National League Gold Glove Award at his position. (Getty Images)
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is one of three finalists for a National League Gold Glove Award at his position. Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals and Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies are the others.
Arenado has won the award the last three years.
In his first year playing third base exclusively (the former utilityman logged one inning at first base), Turner compiled a .972 fielding percentage (nine errors in 144 games). Arenado (20), Rendon (8) and Turner (7) were the top three NL third basemen in defensive runs saved. Turner led the field in Ultimate Zone Rating, another advanced metric.
The Gold Glove Awards are voted on by managers and coaches in both leagues. Their selections account for approximately three-quarters of the vote. A statistical component, called the SDI (SABR Defensive Index), accounts for about one-quarter of the rankings. Arenado (8.8) was slightly ahead of Turner (8.4) in the most recent SDI rankings among National League third basemen.
Andrew Toles is hitting .500 in the National League Championship Series in his first major league season. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)
CHICAGO — Andrew Toles’ ascent to the top of the lineup is complete.
Toles, a 24-year-old rookie who began the season in Single-A, will lead off Game 6 of the National League Championship Series for the Dodgers on Saturday. It’s the first time he’s batted leadoff in a major league game.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has used Chase Utley in the leadoff spot against right-handed pitchers throughout the series. (Right-hander Kyle Hendricks is starting Game 6 for Chicago.) Utley is giving the Dodgers longer at-bats — he’s seen 4.03 pitches per plate appearance to 3.70 for Toles — but is still looking for his first hit in the series. Toles has five hits, including two doubles, and one walk in 10 at-bats.
Toles batted second this season once, in September, but otherwise hasn’t hit higher than seventh in his time with the Dodgers.