Corey Seager’s breakout is making him Dodgers’ best NLCS bat
It’s a lineup that options the reigning Nationwide League MVP and one other star that lately signed a $365 million contract extension. But the Dodgers’ finest offensive participant in all probability isn’t Cody Bellinger or Mookie Betts.
Enter Corey Seager, the 26-year-old shortstop whose uncooked expertise has been on show all through this postseason. The very fact the Dodgers reached Saturday, after avoiding elimination from the NLCS an evening earlier in opposition to the Braves, was partly a operate of Seager’s harmful left-handed bat.
He entered Recreation 6 with 4 homers and 10 RBIs within the sequence. Included was two homers Friday evening that helped bump his slash line for this postseason to .342/.409/.842.
“I didn’t know a lot earlier than I came to visit,” Betts stated, referring to Seager. “I simply knew he was an excellent shortstop who may swing it a bit of bit. And attending to see him day in and day trip is unquestionably a blessing. I’ve actually one job: to get on base and keep there till he hits me in, which doesn’t take too lengthy.”
It’s a special Seager than the Dodgers had seen in earlier Octobers. Earlier than this 12 months, Seager had appeared in 31 postseason video games and owned a disappointing .203/.275/.331 slash line. Now he’s amongst an inventory of gamers that features Giancarlo Stanton (2020), Nelson Cruz (2011), B.J. Upton (2008) and Jim Thome (1999) who’ve not less than 4 homers and 10 RBIs in a postseason sequence.
However Seager doesn’t wish to hear about his personal accomplishments at this level.
“The entire purpose is to win, we haven’t performed that but,” he stated. “So no matter what you’re doing, in the event you don’t win on the finish of the 12 months, it’s not the identical. We’re simply attempting to win a sport [Saturday] and let issues occur.
“I’m simply placing good swings on good pitches proper now. And every part is sort of clicking.”
Seager missed most of 2018 — which included a second straight World Sequence look for the Dodgers — after present process in-season Tommy John surgical procedure. He returned the next 12 months, performed via hip discomfort that led to surgical procedure close to the top of the season and led the NL in doubles with 44, however he didn’t have an actual breakout till 2020.
Within the 60-game dash, Seager hit .307/.358/.585 with 15 homers and 41 RBIs.
“He’s wholesome, he’s been wholesome, he’s had an amazing 12 months, the expertise he’s had within the postseason — all of it’s lining up proper now,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “For me, there’s no higher participant.”
Seager’s homers Friday included a blast main off the fourth that minimize the Braves’ result in 2-1. Within the seventh, after Will Smith’s three-run homer put the Dodgers forward for the primary time, Seager homered once more.
Justin Turner is the one different participant in franchise historical past with 14 RBIs in a single postseason.
“[Seager] is one thing else,” Braves supervisor Brian Snitker stated. “He’s a kind of guys who by no means offers an at-bat away. It’s very spectacular. He’s a harmful, spectacular hitter.”