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Dodgers: Corey Seager Back in Form at the Right Time

Corey Seager is back in form, as the Dodgers prepare for battle in the playoffs.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 28: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the San Francisco Giants in the top of the first innin of game two of a double header at AT&T Park on April 28, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager returned this season following Tommy John Surgery last April, and August hip surgery. He was slow played in spring training but somewhat surprisingly was the opening day shortstop for the ball club. While he did homer on opening day, Seager understandably was off to a slow start… but now he is getting back into form at the right time.

At the beginning of the season, March-April, Seager accumulated 26 hits in 110 at-bats (.236) while walking 15 times and striking out 27 times. He scored 18 runs while hitting 2 home runs and driving in 9 runs. His OPS of .716 was a far cry from the .877 mark he posted in his 2016 Rookie of the Year campaign.

Seager was off to a slow start, and he looked to be struggling at times catching up to the speed of the game again.

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As he was heating up to the tune of a .354 average over a 25 game span, he suffered a Grade 2 hamstring strain while running the bases in Anaheim. The injury forced Seager to miss 24 games.

Upon his return from injury to start the second half of the season, Seager struggled out of the box while facing some tough left-handed pitching.

In 22 games following his return from the injured list, Corey posted a .221/.291/.312 triple slash line with only 1 HR and 8 RBI. For a portion of that time he looked to still be tentative when running and like he still may be dealing with lingering soreness in his hamstring.

However, since August 5th, Seager has been on a big of a roll. Over his last 10 games, the shortstop has an impressive .289/.348/.688 line with 6 doubles, 3 home runs, and 7 runs batted in while increasing his hard contact and reducing his strikeout rate.

This is a good sign for the Dodgers and Dodger fans, as Seager will look to build on his performance. He will be a vital piece, for any type of World Series run. It’s good to see Seager back into form, and he shows no signs of slowing down, any time soon.

Written by Levon Satamian

My name is Levon Satamian. I am currently attending Cal State Northridge, and majoring in Broadcast Journalism.

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