ARLINGTON, Texas – Muki Betts’ third taing shot changed the pace, and Will Smith’s sixth inning from his namesake made a difference. But throughout, there was Corey Seeger – a forgotten man on this star-studded Los Angeles Dodgers team – who produced, like him, his entire renaissance season.
Seager has twice visited the Dodgers 7-3, saving a season-winning win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 5 of the National League Championship on Friday night, giving him 10 RBIs this week – the most in a league championship since Nelson Cruz’s time. a record of 13 in 2011.
He may have two more games to catch Cruz.
The brave lead the series 3-2.
“This guy is something else,”; Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of Seeger. “He’s one of those guys who never gets beaten. It’s very impressive. He’s a dangerous, impressive striker.”
Throughout this series, as the Dodgers tried to combine a consistent offense against the vaunted duck staff, Seeger acted as a stable force from place №2, making eight hits, six of which for extra bases, for 20 o. -boilers. Since the beginning of the postseason, he beats .342 / .409 / .842. Since the beginning of the regular season, he beats 0.312 / .366 / .624.
“He’s healthy, he was healthy, he had a huge year, the experience he had in the post-season – it’s all coming together now,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “There is no better player for me.”
When the Dodgers retreated by two in the fourth on Friday and 18 outs that separated them from a stunning elimination, Seeger released a high fastball at 415 feet to a straight center field to halve his team’s deficit.
With two outs in seventh and the Dodgers looking to add to the uncertain bullpen situation, Seeger turned a fast ball 95 mph down the middle and released it 413 feet to the right center to make it 7-2 for LA
The 26-year-old short stop became the Dodgers’ third multiplayer player when his team was eliminated, joining Adrian Gonzalez (2013 NLCS) and Sean Green (2004 NL Division Series). Sieger is now the fifth player in major league history with four home runs and 10 RBIs in a single postseason series, joining Giancarlo Stanton (2020 American League Division), Cruz (2011 ALCS), B. J. Upton (2008 ALCS) and Jim Tom (1999 ALDS).
“Now I’m just rocking good swings,” Seager said, “and everything clicks.”
This feeling escaped him last year. Seeger was completing hip surgery, a procedure performed until the end of seasonal recovery after Tommy John’s surgery, and he was not in full force when he moved until 2019. He was not strong enough in the lower half. As the difficult season continued, this lack of strength often led to marked changes in its mechanics, which ultimately ruined its production. He finished this season with a score of .272 / .335 / .483 – well, but far from his figures in 2016 and 2017, when Seeger was among the best young short stores in the sport.
This season, he proved that he has returned to the elite players of the game, but this month he began to seek redemption in the playoffs, in which he scored only .203 / .275 / .331 for the previous 31 games. Along the way, Seeger said, he learned to simplify his approach and not put extra pressure on himself to commit offenses when the pressure increased, a thinking he hoped to apply by October.
In ten games, Seeger has already collected 14 RBIs associated with Justin Turner, the most Dodgers player in one season.
“I didn’t know much before I came,” Betts, the Dodgers’ new striker, said of Seager. “I just knew it was a nice short stop that could sway a little bit. And visiting him day in and day out is definitely a good thing. I really have one job: to get to the base and stay there until he hits me, that won’t take too long. “