Thus far in 2019, Corey Seager is struggling. Right now – the lifetime .296 hitter is at just .228 – and a deeper dive into the data is more staggering.
Recently, he spoke with Pedro Moura of The Athletic about his slow start. Indeed, Seager is coming off multiple surgeries and a 2018 in which he didn’t play after late April.
Seager Talks About Offensive Struggles
Here is what Seager had to say about his season offensively.
He has particularly struggled against left-handed pitching, and so the last two days against the Giants did not go great for him. What is wrong with his swing, he said, is making him especially susceptible to left-handed pitching.
“I’m searching a little bit, trying to find it a little bit, but I’m not far,” he said. “I’m missing a few little things and I’ll feel a lot better.”
This is important – Seager is admitting his swing feels out of whack. Whereas there are players in a slump who will outwardly say that their swing feels terrific. While Seager says he is ‘not far’ off, it is an admirable trait that he’s shooting it straight.
Moreover, Seager does not want to place blame of a slow start on any physical ailment.
Seager said he does not want to blame his performance on missing most of last season while recovering from elbow and hip surgeries. He also not want to treat this start as a serious issue. He does not want to be concerned.
“That’s not how you’re wired,” he said. “You’re wired to expect to fix it. It’s frustrating, yeah, but not worried.”
If Seager is in the lineup and not on the IL, one should assume that he is fully healthy. And if a player is fully healthy – it’s reasonable to expect he is the player we have come to know since the cement has hardened on his career. Especially if it is someone who has been as remarkably consistent as one Corey Seager.
If you are someone who said that Seager just doesn’t look himself – you weren’t wrong. While none of us are professional hitting coaches, the extended data suggests that Seager is not driving or ‘barreling’ the baseball.
Batted ball data on Corey Seager. From baseball savant pic.twitter.com/G1tITun00T
— Clint (@DiamondHoggers) May 3, 2019
From Baseball Savant – a site that tracks things like batted ball data – Seager has just 5 ‘barrels’ in 85 batted balls. Furthermore, the site has him projected for an average of .219 if these trends continue. Notably, Seager has a career barrel % of 8.3 which has decreased to 6.0% thus far in 2019.
Of course, we know the real Corey Seager. Otherwise this article wouldn’t be written. It goes without saying that the lull in performance seems like the outlier.
Your Opinion on Corey Seager
Let us know in the comments what you think of Seager’s 2019 season, and what should be done to get it on track.
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