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Dodgers: Corey Seager Named NL Player of the Week

Seager Smooth is turning his season around in a big way.

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 28: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two RBI double against Trevor Williams #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fifth inning at Dodger Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Dodgers won 7-6. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

Corey Seager has been on an absolute tear as of late and Major League Baseball took notice by handing him the National League Player of the Week honors.

Seager has surely had a long road to ride these past two seasons, marked by consistent injuries — a Tommy John surgery and invasive hip surgery — but is slowly starting to return to his previous form as an MVP candidate type of player.

On the season, Seager’s numbers do not look as sparkling as one would expect, seeing him post a .273/.336/.478 slash line with a 112 wRC+ and 3.1 WAR. To put this into perspective, though, this season has been better than Manny Machado’s first season in San Diego as a $30 million man. That is somewhat of a flawed way to put things into perspective, but the fact that Seager — while not at 100% health — has outperformed one of the game’s brightest stars, is something that warrants praise. Machado sits at a 105 wRC+ and 2.6 WAR while playing 22 more games than Seager.

Since returning from injury on August 11, Seager has shown flashes of his old form, slashing .298/.324/.596 with a 134 wRC+. While the lack of walks is concerning, Seager hitting the baseball and hitting it hard is obviously a fantastic sign as October looms:

This past week, though, Seager has shown up in a big way. He slashed .500/.520/.917 across 25 plate appearances, with five of his 12 hits coming in the extra-base variety. He has been entirely locked in at the plate and it’s a pleasure to see.

Let’s hope this continues, because if Seager can be what he used to be, this lineup becomes that much more deep and feared heading into October.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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