Corey Seager was not ready to go home. In a supposed win in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Braves at Globe Life Field on Friday, the Dodgers’ shorts hit a pair of home runs, with the second giving a five-run lead to Los Angeles in seventh. inning
In a must-win Game 5 of the National League Championship Series against the Braves at Globe Life Field on Friday, the Dodgers’ shorts hit a pair of home runs, along with giving a second five-run lead to Los Angeles in seventh inning of the victory 7-3.
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The 26-year-old is making his mark on the NLCS. Seager’s 10 RBI, at this point, was the most by a Dodgers player in a postseason series. His four homers in the series tied Steve Garvey (1978 NLCS) and Duke Snider (’52 and ’55 World Series) for most of a Dodger in a playoff series.
“It simply came to our notice then [to watch him play], “Said Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts.” I didn’t know much before I arrived. I just knew he was a great shortstop, so he did it a bit. Seeing him every day was definitely a blessing. I’m really a job, and that is to get a base and stay there, pretty much, until he hits me – that won’t last long. “
Seager’s home run was a massive 415-foot Statcast shot to lefty Tyler Matzek in the fourth to score the Dodgers ‘first run of the night and cut the Braves’ lead to 2-1. Los Angeles gained offensive momentum from there, setting the stage for Seager’s second homer three wait-and-see – a projected Statcast expected 413-foot explosion against Jacob Webb.
“That person is different,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “He was a tough fighter. He fought. He didn’t give an at-bat. He was a dangerous and awesome hitter.”
However, this kind of success at this stage is not something that Seager has enjoyed before. Until this year, his playoff appearance was mostly marked by plate struggles, as exemplified by his beating averages in his first four posteason: .188 (2015), .205 (’16), .237 (’17), .150 (’19). His OPS topped .743 in ’17, compared to 1,251 this year.
He entered 2020 with three postseason homers in 31 games. He added five to just 10 games this year.
“I think that’s a lot – he’s healthy, he’s healthy, he had a great year,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “The experience he had in the posteason, all those things lined up. For me, right now, there is no better player.”
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Regarding Seager’s success, he ended his tears in the playoffs by simply saying: “It’s just kind of putting good swings on good pitches today, and it’s all kind of a click.”
Let’s take a closer look at how well he clicks:
• Seager became the first Dodgers shortstop to record a multi-home run postseason game. He joined Carlos Correa (Game 1 of the American League Division Series) and Fernando Tatis Jr. (Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Series) as shortstops to achieve multi-homer games in the 2020 playoffs. This year marked the first time in Major League posteason history with three multi-home performances run of shortstops; towards these playoffs, there are only seven such games.
• With five homers and 14 RBIs in the 2020 postseason, Seager tied the Dodgers scores set by Davey Lope (five homers) in 1978 and Justin Turner (14 RBI) in 2017.
• In his position, Seager only passes Correa (17 home run, 48 RBI) and Derek Jeter (20 home run, 61 RBI) with all the shorttops along with his eight homers and 24 RBI in 41 career games. postseason.
• Seager is the first player in any position to record both four home runs and 10 RBIs in a single NLCS. He is the latest player to hit four homers in this round since Daniel Murphy did it in 2015. Seager entered Game 6 tied with Ivan Rodriguez (’03) for most RBIs in an NLCS .
• This particular neutral site gives Seager and the Dodgers an advantage: Seager’s five home runs at Globe Life Field this year (regular season and posteason) are tied to Rangers center fielder Joey Gallo for in the second most of any player this season. Only the Rangers ’second baseman Rougned Odor hit the most in 2020 (six).
For all the statistics and notable listings, Seager’s focus is locked in to Game 6 performance and elimination eliminations, wherever he falls into the statistical categories.
“The whole goal is to win. We haven’t done that yet,” he said. “So whatever you do, if you don’t win by the end of the year, it’s not the same. We’re just trying to win a game tomorrow and let things happen. thing. ”
Jessica Camerato covers Nationals for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @jessicacamerato, Facebook and Instagram.