The Dodgers just routed the Mets in large part due to a career game from Corey Seager.
While we were all enamored by Cody Bellinger, and rightfully so, Corey Seager was lurking in the background, almost somewhat forgotten. But, he reminded us why he was the Dodgers‘ darling last season and why he is the future face of the franchise. His message of “Don’t forget about me guys” was delivered loud and clear.
The young shortstop went 4-5 with a double, three home runs, and six RBI. He came rather close to a grand slam during his last at-bat of the game which would have given him four home runs for the game. Just a few steps away, but hey, 14 total bases in a game isn’t anything to be ashamed of. It’s his first career game with four extra-base hits.
This was the best game in the young career of the star shortstop. However, it wasn’t his first three-home-run game; he had one last June against the Atlanta Braves. Multiple three-home-run games put him in some special company within the Dodger organization.
His first home run was straight away to center field.
Numbers two and three were opposite field dingers, and the third one was off a lefty, which is nice to see.
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He also made some more history during the game. According to ESPN, Corey Seager is the first Dodger shortstop with at least six RBI in a single game since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958.
This game continues his recent hot stretch, coming off the heels off a disappointing month of May, where he scuffled with a .255 average and .758 OPS. This month has been better though. He is batting .314 in June with an OPS north of .850.
In his last ten games, dating back to the second game of the series against the Cincinnati Reds in Los Angeles, Corey Seager has been white-hot. He is hitting .414/.489/.659 with four home runs and five doubles during the stretch.
Just when he looked to be slowing down just a bit, he has started to catch fire again. His numbers are now up to a robust .293/.399/.506 with twelve home runs. His RBI numbers would be much more if he were hitting lower in the lineup, but because he is the second hitter, he will not match the RBI numbers of players such as Cody Bellinger, who is on a hot streak of his own.
Seager is just a single component of a white-hot Dodger offense that has put up 22 runs in the past two games and has been raking over the last two weeks.