Turner closing in on 1000 hit club, Betts not far behind

Justin Turner and Mookie Betts celebrate a run on Aug. 2, 2020. (AP/Ross D. Franklin)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have two players who are close to becoming members of the MLB’s 1000-hit club. Third baseman Justin Turner and 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts are both closing in on career milestones.

Turner, a veteran in his 12th year of MLB play, is just six hits away from joining a club that only 1,341 other ballplayers can say they are part of. The Dodger fan favorite is hitting .234, with two hits being the most he has had in a game this season. With his average it may be a few games before Turner crosses the 1000 hit line. But the confidence he has in the Dodgers’ offense may be enough to give him a big game.

Betts, in his first year as a Dodger, has tallied a total of 978 hits in his career, a number that isn’t far off from 1000. With someone of his skill, it is extremely likely to happen sooner rather than later.

Although he started off the season a bit slow, Betts found himself with a seven-game hitting streak, prior to leaving a game early on Aug. 2 due to a left-hand finger injury.

Betts’ injury forced him to miss the first game of a three-game series against the San Diego Padres and is not in the starting line-up for today’s game. With Betts being a franchise player, there’s no reason that the Dodgers or Dave Roberts will rush him back into games, especially considering the player depth within the organization.

It might be a bit before we see Betts cross the 1000-hit finish line, but no doubt it will be seen this season.

Editor’s Note: *Written stats are accurate as of publishing of the article.

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