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ARLINGTON, Texas– Mookie Betts‘ third-inning, shoestring catch altered the momentum, and Will Smith‘s sixth-inning crowning achievement off his namesake proved to be the distinction. But all throughout, there was Corey Seager— a forgotten male on this star-studded Los Angeles Dodgers team– producing like he has through the totality of his resurgent season.Seager homered
twice in the Dodgers’ 7-3, season-saving victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Champion Series on Friday night, giving him 10 RBIs this week– the most in a league championship series given that Nelson Cruz set the record with 13 in 2011.
He may have 2 more games to capture him.
“That guy [Seager] is something else,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, whose team still holds a 3-2 series lead. “He is among those people who never ever gives an at-bat away. It’s really outstanding. He’s an unsafe, excellent player.”
The Braves lead the series 3-2.
“That person is something else,” Atlanta supervisor Brian Snitker said of Seager. “He’s one of those people who never ever offers an at-bat away. It’s really impressive. He’s a dangerous, outstanding hitter.”
Throughout this series, as the Dodgers have struggled to string together constant offense versus the Braves’ vaunted pitching personnel, Seager has served as a stable force from the No. 2 spot, putting together eight hits, 6 of them for additional bases, in 20 at-bats. Since the start of the postseason, he is batting.342/.409/.842. Since the start of the routine season, he is batting.312/.366/.624.
“He’s healthy, he’s been healthy, he’s had a tremendous year, the experience he’s had in the postseason– all of it is lining up right now,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts stated. “For me, there’s no much better player.”
With the Dodgers tracking by 2 in the 4th on Friday and 18 outs separating them from a sensational elimination, Seager introduced a high fastball 415 feet out to straightaway center field to cut his team’s deficit in half.With two outs in
the seventh and the Dodgers aiming to add on with an unsure bullpen situation, Seager switched on a first-pitch, 95 mph fastball down the middle and launched it 413 feet to right-center to make it 7-2 for L.A.The 26-year-old shortstop became the third Dodgers player with a multihomer video game when his group was facing elimination, signing up with Adrian Gonzalez (2013 NLCS)and Shawn Green(2004 NL Division Series). Seager is now the fifth gamer in big league history with four home runs and 10 RBIs in a single postseason series, signing up with Giancarlo Stanton(2020 American League Division Series), Cruz(2011 ALCS), B.J. Upton(2008 ALCS)and Jim Thome(1999 ALDS).”I’m just putting excellent swings on excellent pitches right now,” Seager said, “and whatever is sort of clicking. “That feeling eluded him in 2015.
Seager was coming off hip surgical treatment, a procedure carried out towards the tail end of his season-long recovery from Tommy John surgery, and he wasn’t at complete strength as he navigated through 2019. He wasn’t strong enough in his lower half. As the strenuous season continued, that absence of strength frequently resulted in indiscernible modifications in his mechanics that ultimately sapped his production. He completed that season batting.272/.335/.483– great, but a far cry from his numbers in 2016 and 2017 when Seager emerged among the best young shortstops in the sport.He showed this season to be back among the game’s elite players, but he started this month wanting to redeem himself in the playoffs, in which he had actually batted just.203/.275/.331 in 31 previous games. Along the method, Seager said, he discovered to simplify his technique and not location included pressure on himself to carry an offense when the stakes intensified, a mindset he intended to apply to this October.Ten games in, Seager has actually already collected 14 RBIs, tied with Justin Turner for the most by a Dodgers player in a single postseason.” I didn’t understand much before I came by,” Betts, the Dodgers ‘new leadoff hitter, said of Seager.”I just knew he was an excellent shortstop who might swing it a little bit. And getting to see him day in and day out is absolutely a blessing. I have truly one task: to get on base and remain there until he hits me in, which doesn’t take too long.”