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Nationals place Trea Turner on injured list

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Pop quiz, hot shot!

You hit two home runs in a game and then, the very next game, in the first inning, with the score tied at zero, you come to the plate. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?!

Well, if you’re Trea Turner you try to bunt. And you miss and the ball hits your index finger and breaks it and now you’re on the injured list. There’s no timetable yet for his return, but the Nats are going to be without their starting shortstop for the next several weeks.

From the sound of it, the bunt was Turner’s decision. He said the pitch appeared to him as a spinning slider that, he felt, he could get some wood on if he dropped to bunt. It’s hard to talk through instinctual moves after the fact, so I’m guessing the case seemed more compelling to him in real time, but I’m also guessing he rues that decision.

Wilmer Difo will likely get the bulk of the action at short in Turner’s first absence from Nats game action since 2017.

George Springer’s lack of hustle was costly for Houston

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George Springer hit a big home run for the Astros last night. It was his fifth straight World Series game with a homer. That’s good! But he also did something less-than-good.

In the bottom of the eighth, with the Astros down 5-3, Springer was batting with Kyle Tucker on second and one out. He sent a breaking ball from Daniel Hudson deep, deep, deep to right-center field but . . . it was not deep enough. It rattled off the wall. Springer ended up with a double.

Except, he probably has a triple if, rather than crow-hop out of the box and watch what he thought would be a home run, he had busted it out of the box. Watch:

After that José Altuve flied out. Maybe it would’ve been deep enough to score Springer form third, tying the game, maybe it wouldn’t have, but Springer being on second mooted the matter.

After the game, Springer defended himself by saying that he had to hold up because the runner on second had to hold up to make sure the ball wasn’t caught before advancing. That’s sort of laughable, though, because Springer was clearly watching what he thought was a big blast, not prudently gauging the pace of his gait so as not to pass a runner on the base paths. He, like Ronald Acuña Jr. in Game 1 of the NLDS, was admiring what he thought was a longball but wasn’t. Acuña, by the way, like Springer, also hit a big home run in his team’s losing Game 1 cause, so the situations were basically identical.

Also identical, I suspect, is that both Acuña and Springer’s admiring of their blasts was partially inspired by the notion that, in the regular season, those balls were gone and were not in October because of the very obviously different, and deader, baseball MLB has put into use. It does not defend them not running hard, but it probably explains why they thought they had homers.

Either way: a lot of the baseball world called out Acuña for his lack of hustle in that game against the Cardinals. I can’t really see how Springer shouldn’t be subjected to the same treatment here.