Dodgers vs. Cubs: Position by Position Matchup Breakdown
Addison Russell vs. Corey Seager
Addison Russell (5 starts): .222/.300/.333 (4-18), 2 Doubles, 4 RBI
Corey Seager (3 starts): .273/.467/.455 (3-11), 1 Triple, 2 RBI
Addison Russell is the guy that often gets overlooked on this Cubs team. He’s a former All-Star but never gets the same attention that Bryant, Rizzo, or even Baez do. That being said, Russell is more than a viable shortstop. He holds down the Cubs’ middle infield and fits in nicely at the bottom of their lineup. The concern with him is that he won’t hit over .250. In an era with Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, and Corey Seager, that’s just not good enough to be top of the league.
Corey Seager is just a stud. His first three seasons with the Dodgers have been mirror images of the previous year. Seager had, what I consider to be a down NLDS. Maybe my expectations are too high for him, but I’m not sure if he’s 100% healthy. But hey, it’s October nobody is 100% healthy.
It’s the Dodgers here, again, and it’s not that close. Seager just provides more quality at-bats than Russell and hits at a more critical part of the lineup. On defense, Russell may have the edge since Seager is dealing with arm troubles, but Seager has made the routine plays.