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Justin Turner’s on-base streak ends at 39 games

Only 10 longer streaks in Dodgers history

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You may not have noticed on Sunday, but Justin Turner failed to reach base against the Nationals. It hadn’t happened in quite a while, and ended what was the longest active streak in MLB — 39 straight games reaching base.

Turner flew out to left field in the first inning, then grounded out to shortstop in both the fourth and sixth innings. That Turner — who batted third in the Dodgers lineup, like he has every one of his games this season — didn’t get a fourth trip to the plate shows how hard scoring was to come by on Sunday. And that the Dodgers won at home, so Turner didn’t get to lead off the bottom of the ninth.

The 39-game streak dated back to last August 4, and counts regular season games only. Turner failed to reach base in four of his 18 games in the postseason, but in terms of a regular season streak it was the longest streak by a Dodger since Shawn Green reached base in 53 straight games in 2000.

Turner’s streak is tied for the 11th-longest in Dodgers history, with only three Los Angeles streaks ahead of him.

Longest Dodgers on-base streaks

Player Home City Games Year(s) OBP during streak
Player Home City Games Year(s) OBP during streak
Duke Snider Brooklyn 58 1954 .448
Shawn Green Los Angeles 53 2000 .458
Ron Cey Los Angeles 47 1975-76 .449
Len Koenecke Brooklyn 44 1934 .421
Zack Wheat Brooklyn 44 1919-20 .386
Augie Galan Brooklyn 43 1945 .441
Eric Karros Los Angeles 41 1994-95 .418
Babe Herman Brooklyn 40 1926 .435
Zack Wheat Brooklyn 40 1918 .462
Ed Lennox Brooklyn 40 1910 .404
Justin Turner Los Angeles 39 2020-21 .429
Steve Sax Los Angeles 39 1986-87 .442
Billy Grabarkewitz Los Angeles 39 1970 .418
Duke Snider Brooklyn 39 1953 .464
Jim Gilliam Brooklyn 39 1953 .473
since 1901 Source: Baseball-Reference

Even with the 0-for-3, Turner is hitting .378/.415/.676 in the early going, and his two home runs are already a personal April record, with 17 of remaining games in the month for Turner to add to his total.

With Turner’s streak now over, the longest active MLB streak belongs to DJ LeMahieu, who has reached base in his last 29 straight games.