Bill Plunkett in a piece for the OC Register, touched on a topic that gives all of Dodgers Nation a hopeful smile: Corey Seager is healthy for October.
This would mark the first time in a long time that the shortstop is near 100% for October baseball.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 1, 2019
Corey Seager had a terrific 2016. He earned NL Rookie of the Year honors, and was even given MVP consideration. By October, he was sputtering however. And he admits it.
“Yeah, pretty much ran out of gas.”
He hit .205 in the 2016 postseason.
In 2017, Seager was MIA from the the NLCS thanks to a bad back. But that was the season where his elbow was starting barking, which obviously became a major issue in 2018.
In 2018, Corey Seager missed most of the season. His bat was sorely missed down the stretch in those playoffs. Corey said it hurt him to not be out there, as well.
“Last year was really tough. Just missing alone is tough, then watching them go through the postseason (without me).”
While LA had Manny Machado, it was very much not the same.
Seager’s Hot End of September
Now, Corey has been streaking ahead of postseason play. Over his last 15 games he’s batting .345 with an OPS over 1.000. Moreover, he ended the regular season with 44 doubles, which tied him for the top spot in the NL.
As to feeling good at the plate, Seager had this to say.
“Just being able to kind of dictate and control what you’re doing at the plate, it’s a confidence thing. It helps with that. It helps you be able to perform just because you know you’re in spots you want to be in. You know you can dictate things that you’d like. That’s just confidence. A lot of confidence.”
Post Season Stats
The overarching theme of Bill Plunkett’s article is that Corey Seager has never been healthy in October, or he hasn’t felt healthy. If you look at his postseason numbers, that makes sense. Granted, offensive statistics are usually a bit little lower in the postseason, but these are tough to see.
- AVG: .214
- OBP: .291
- SLG: .357
Those are not “Corey Seager” numbers. Dodger fans should be excited to see what a healthy and hot Corey Seager can do in October.