Phillies' Trea Turner awarded top honor for monster week at the plate

The shortstop's recent performance has garnered attention around the league.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop earned NL Player of the Week honors
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop earned NL Player of the Week honors / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages
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The Philadelphia Phillies are coming off two consecutive series sweeps. During that span, the pitching was fantastic as the starters posted a 1.51 ERA during their 10-game homestand. However, the offense has since picked up as well.

One notable member of the Phillies lineup had such a strong week that he was recognized by MLB as the National League Player of the Week.

Phillies' shortstop Trea Turner has been on fire. Over his last seven games, the 30-year-old has slashed .414/.433/.690. Heading into Monday night's contest against the Cincinnati Reds, Turner had a 10-game hitting streak which he extended after roping a single to left field in his final at-bat. The hot streak has brought the shortstop's season batting average up to .337 with an .879 OPS.

Turner's bat has been so hot that he racked up 18 hits over the course of the last homestand. During that span, the speedy infielder hit two home runs and six doubles, scored 12 runs and knocked in six. He also added to his consecutive stolen base streak, registering his 40th straight swipe on Sunday against the Chicago White Sox.

One other stat that is interesting and is certainly helping contribute to his success is Turner's strikeout percentage. Over the homestand, the shortstop struck out in just over nine percent of his plate appearances.

Trea Turner off to a hot start this season after slow start in 2023

After starting out slowly to begin his Phillies career in 2023, this early season production is a welcomed sight for the organization, the fans, and Turner himself. Before spring training ended, Turner spoke about feeling more prepared entering the 2024 campaign. Paul Casella of MLB.com noted how the Phillies shortstop felt this spring compared to last spring.

"My body feels good, my defense is feeling really good, swing feels really good in the cage," Turner said, per Casella. "I just think the work I've done in the offseason has helped me already. I just feel like I'm ahead of where I was at [last year].”

Turner's hot start has certainly helped the Phillies move up in the standings. He seems to be more vigilant at the plate and isn't chasing out of the zone as much as he did last season. The numbers he put up that earned him NL Player of the Week are unsustainable, but it shows he can help carry the offense when he's hot.

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