The Dodgers by a wide margin have the best record in the National League as they enter their three-game series against the Atlanta Braves.
Over the course of the last month, the Dodgers have improved both offensively and defensively. The number of home runs has gone up, and the number of errors has gone down. Corey Seager, in particular, has shown great improvement after a rocky start to the season.
Many were excited to see Seager start the 2019 season, as he missed most of 2018. In May of 2018, Seager suffered from a UCL sprain in his right elbow which eventually would lead to Tommy John surgery, costing him the rest of the season. It was a tough loss for the Dodgers, considering Seager was arguably one of the best shortstops in the game when healthy.
Through strenuous recovery, Seager was ready to return in 2019. His return was much anticipated, as the 2016 Rookie of the Year had plenty of time to improve and impress.
As the season began to unfold, Seager did not start off the way many expected him to. In the first month of the season, he was hitting .236 and only had two home runs. He was clearly not the same player that he was before the two surgeries.
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Fast-forward to June, Seager had finally begun to show improvement. In the first 10 games of the month, he was hitting .425, had 9 RBI, and an OPS of 1.140. He was going through the hottest stretch of his season. Unfortunately for Seager, he was placed on the IL due to his hamstring, putting him on the IL for a month.
Not only was Seager struggling offensively after his return, but things just were not lining up for him defensively either. In the month of July, he had five errors, a few of which came on back to back games. It was clear that he was struggling quite a bit, and fans were eager to see if he could find his stride as he did in early June.
In his first 22 games back, Seager couldn’t seem to get things going at the plate. He was hitting .222 with an OPS of .602, with only one homer and eight RBI. Since August 4, he’s really heated up at the plate, hitting three homers while driving in seven runs. His homers back in three consecutive games, the longest streak in his career.
His OPS has been just under 1.000 as well. To top it off, his defense has improved as well. As Seager starts to heat up the Dodgers seem to be unstoppable; fans can only imagine how exciting this postseason will be if Seager can keep it up.