Dodgers: Three Things to Look Forward to in 2019

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run against Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox (not in photo) in the ninth inning of Game Four of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run against Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox (not in photo) in the ninth inning of Game Four of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 24: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers flys out during the fifth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium on April 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 24: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers flys out during the fifth inning of a game against the Miami Marlins at Dodger Stadium on April 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The return of Corey Seager

The Dodgers tried to fill the void left by Corey Seager’s lost season in 2018 by acquiring Manny Machado but Machado never really impressed in Dodger blue.  He will forever be known for lack of hustle and causing drama with the Brewers in the NLCS at least for his Dodger days.  Corey Seager will be ready for the 2019 season barring any setbacks which is good news for the Dodgers and their fans.

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Seager will help the Dodgers in many ways and one of those is their ability to hit left-handers.  In his last full season of 2017, Seager hit .325 against southpaws and posted an OPS over .900.  That would rank him among the best against left-handers of any Dodger even all of the right-handed bats like David Freese, Enrique Hernandez, and Justin Turner.  There has been talk about the Dodgers being too left-handed but Seager can hit any pitcher.

Another area the Dodgers struggled was hitting with runners in scoring position and that is another situation where Seager excels.  In 2017, Corey hit .361 with runners in scoring position and posted an OPS over 1.000.  No Dodger fan will ever forget his 2017 home run off Justin Verlander in game two of the World Series.  Seager is clutch and the Dodgers will need that in 2019 to overcome their struggles with runners in scoring position.

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While Corey Seager may not be the fielder that Manny Machado is, he is a very solid shortstop that will make his fair share of web gems.  It will be interesting to watch how his arm is in 2019 coming off of Tommy John surgery.  It should be even stronger and help Seager make plays where he ranges to his right and throws across his body.  The Dodgers watched Machado leave but they welcome their own star back in Corey Seager.

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