By now, it’s safe to say that every player on the Dodgers is struggling, perhaps with one exception. Other than Yasmani Grandal, the team simply looks dead at the plate. I have never seen a team look more defeated in a one-run ballgame than the 2018 Dodgers. And while everyone is struggling to get going, I have to single out one player.
It’s no secret at this point that Corey Seager has had issues with his throwing elbow. It was a hot topic in the offseason whether he should have surgery to clean it up or to take the risk of riding it out. Ultimately, he opted to ride it out and see what rest would do for him. So far, not so good.
Seager’s numbers thus far aren’t great, but that aligns with about 95% of the lineup. What’s more concerning is the strength behind his throws and lack of an extra-base hit. Truthfully, not reaching bases doesn’t exactly spell danger for a guy who’s average exit velocity is over 90 mph. It is far more concerning when you consider that roughly 1/3 of Seager’s hits last year resulted in extra bases. With just five singles and a lowly 192 batting average, Seager may indeed be hurting more than he is letting on.
And let’s face it, that would not be good for a team that is struggling to find it’s way offensively. No one knows the extent of his pain, but a season-ending elbow injury would devastate the Dodgers and their fans. Just because he made exceptionally hard contact in Spring does not mean he is 100 percent now.
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) March 12, 2018
The biggest red flag for me has been the way Seager is throwing on the field. On almost every ball hit to him, he seems to very casually tossing the ball over to first base. Next time he is on the field, be sure to keep an eye on him and tell me what you think.
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