It’s really easy to heap praise on Corey Seager, especially when he has a night like he did on Thursday. Seager went 3-for-5 and drove in a pair of runs, but also almost hit for the cycle against Colorado. The Dodgers went on to win that game and move to 4 games above the Padres in the NL West.
On the year, Seager has shown that he can be the guy in big situations. Batting right behind Mookie Betts in the lineup has proven time and time again to be a lethal offensive combination for opposing pitching. Putting Betts’ speed with Seager’s ability to drive balls in the gap really puts the Dodgers in a good spot at the top of their lineup.
Dave Roberts recognizes the amazing strides that Seager has taken this year in coming back from two years of injuries. In fact, Roberts believes the Dodgers’ shortstop is playing like an MVP candidate in 2020. He talked about it after the game on Thursday night.
He’s playing like an MVP. He won the Rookie of the Year a few years ago and now he’s playing like an MVP.
Seager’s overall stat line might show that he’s playing like an MVP candidate, but WAR is not in his favor. Fangraphs has Seager ranked as the number 36 WAR in all of baseball at just a 1.5 mark. The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts is 3rd with a 2.5 WAR.
Still, slashing .309/.357/.602 with an OPS of .959 is nothing to scoff at. With 13 homeruns and 26 extra-base hits overall, Seager really is putting together a great year for the Dodgers. It is MVP worthy? Well, that remains to be seen.