Dodgers News: Playing NL West Rivals Doesn’t Change Justin Turner’s Intensity
With the Dodgers getting ready to take on the Padres, the high level of play will undoubtably come out due to postseason play. This series is more significant for the Dodgers as they face their NL West rivals. However, it doesn’t make it any less important for Justin Turner, Dodgers infielder.
The Dodgers have been focused all season, and they will need it even more in the postseason. Postseason coaching and rotations are a new way to try to gain an edge. But this is all familiar territory for Turner, who said it when asked about the Padres’ intensity switch.
“I don’t think so. I believe that everyone we play is a great baseball team once they get to this point. We’re focused on what we can do and not what the other team says. It didn’t matter who was playing in this game. We knew we had to be ready and prepared to go. We believe that if we play our style of baseball, we can improve our chances. “
It’s the right mentality for Turner to be ready at all costs no matter what, but from the fan perspective it’s hard to imagine that being division rivals doesn’t at-least sit behind their head a little bit.
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