You’re on the clock, Corey Seager.
Indeed – with about 20 days to go until the Dodgers open the 2018 season – Seager is still on the shelf. This past week, manager Dave Roberts stated that Seager will see action soon in some minor league games. Then the expectation would be that the phenomenal young shortstop would ramp up activity in hopes of making game number one when the stats count.
Still, until Seager is a full-go in ‘real’ game action, his status is a relative question mark. Many Dodgers fans have speculated that having Seager at full strength is as important (or more) than having Clayton Kershaw.
Within this column we take a look at the timeline remaining, and if Seager realistically can be ready when the regular season clock begins.
Does Dodgers Nation Believe Seager Will Be In The Opening Day Lineup?
When you’re wondering an answer, it’s nice to use a lifeline. In this case, our official twitter account serves us well. We asked you if Corey Seager would be in the Opening Day lineup. Many of you voted. Here are the results:
Do you think Corey Seager will be in the Opening Day lineup?
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 8, 2019
I must say, these results surprised me. With a decent amount of votes cast at press time of this article, an overwhelming majority of Dodgers fans (around 75 percent) believe that Seager will find his way into the Dodgers’ opener on March 28th.
Furthermore, it’s important that Seager’s momentary return of sorts has hit a miniature speed bump. He’s been out for the past few days with illness, not even at camp.
Corey Seager is back at #DodgersST today after dealing with cold/flu symptoms. He’ll be a full participant tomorrow.
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) March 8, 2019
While this isn’t a major setback, it probably decreases the chances of an Opening Day appearance ever so slightly.
My Opinion On Seager’s Opening Day Return
I want to see the guy play ball again in the worst ways. There are few things I miss more than ‘Mr. Steal Yo Girl’ getting to balls he shouldn’t up the middle and casually knocking balls around Chavez for a mult-hit game.
However, I don’t think it’s going to be in the cards. In short, Seager has too much ground to cover in less than three weeks to be deemed game ready. This isn’t to underestimate the kid – he’s obviously worked extremely hard to be in this position for this to even be a column written. Roberts and Andrew Friedman have confirmed as much.
As badly as we all want to see Seager playing from game one onwards – and as badly as Corey would tell you he wants to – I simply wouldn’t make plans to wear your number 5 jersey that day. That said, this is only a gut inclination on my part.
Call Your Shot – Does Seager Play Game One?
If you didn’t have the chance to vote in the poll – or even if you did – please let us know in the comments what your spider senses are telling you! This is something very important to many of us. We want (one of) our best players in the lineup from the start, and having hopes this time of year is everything!
Leave your thoughts in the comments on if you feel we see Seager from the beginning of the season, and if not; when?
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