After falling into a hitting slump after signing a mega-contract last year, causing great concern, Corey Seager, 29, of the Texas Rangers, has looked like the Barry Bonds of old in the postseason.
Texas won both the American League Wild Card Series (ALWC) and the Division Series (ALDS) last season. Five wins in five games. It looks like a sweep.
It was a combination of pitching and hitting, with Seager’s power at the top of the order being the biggest driver. Seager was outstanding in all five games 스포츠토토.
First, in Game 2 of the ALWC against the Tampa Bay Rays, Seager went 4-for-4 with a double and two walks, including three of his four hits being doubles.
Then, in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Baltimore Orioles, Seager went 1-for-2 with a walk, five strikeouts in Game 2, and his first home run of the postseason and two walks in Game 3.
In five games this postseason, Seager is batting .429 with one home run, three doubles, six RBIs, a .680 OPS and a 1.537 slugging percentage. Plus 11 walks. Only two strikeouts.
It’s a performance reminiscent of Bonds’ 2002 postseason run. Opposing teams have tried and failed to contain Seager’s bat with strikeouts.
Of course, opponents’ attempts to isolate Seager have been unsuccessful because he’s been accompanied by the likes of Evan Carter, Josh Young, and Adolis Garcia.
Seager was a concern last year, the first year of his contract, when he struggled to a .772 OPS. The first year of a 10-year, $325 million contract was a concern, and rightfully so.
However, Seager battled through injuries this season, hitting .327 with 33 home runs and 96 RBIs in 119 games with a .390 OPS and 1.013 slugging percentage.
Since then, Seager has looked like Bonds circa 2002 in the early stages of the postseason. To this day, the postseason hitting gods are in Seager’s blood.
Seeger will now lead Texas to the World Series in the American League Championship Series (ALCS), which begins on April 16.