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.
Austin Barnes is appears much smaller than his teammates, who are standing on the pitchers’ mound during a workout at Dodger Stadium on Monday. The Dodgers held a workout at Dodger Stadium in preparation for their National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday in Washington, D.C. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed the team’s roster for the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, which begins Friday. Our first and second guesses were both wrong.
To wit: Seager has been the Dodgers’ number-2 hitter in 118 different lineups this season (103 more than the next guy). Turner has been the number-3 hitter in 109 different lineups (85 more than the next guy).
Now, on back-to-back days on the final weekend of the season, the order has been reversed. Turner is batting second and Seager is third again Saturday against the Giants.
It’s an arrangement that could continue into October, Roberts said: