After displaying incremental growth as a hitter in each of his first six big-league seasons, culminating in a career-best .858 OPS in 2016, Kyle Seager finally noticed a backslide last season. While his slugging percentage slipped a bit, it was the third baseman's batting average and OBP that took more significant hits, due largely to a 51.6% flyball rate that suppressed his BABIP. Though Seager excels at generating hard contact, he has put the ball in the air at a high rate throughout his career, making it difficult to rely on him as anything more than a neutral asset in batting average. As a result, Seager's power numbers will continue to drive his value, which doesn't make him an overly unique commodity in an era of heightened home-run production. That being said, Seager probably offers a little more reliability than many of the other 25-to-30-homer bats out there, given that he hasn't missed more than eight games in any of his six full seasons in the majors.
Seager went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Angels. Seager has now homered in back-to-back games and has hit eight home runs in September. Though he's finishing the season on a high note, his numbers fell across the board compared to 2016. After hitting .278 with an .858 OPS last year, Seager is heading into Sunday's season finale with a .251/.325/.453 line (.778 OPS).
Seager went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Angels. Seager snapped his long-ball drought with a 390-foot shot to right, his first homer since Sept. 14. The slugging veteran now has 17 RBI in September, equaling his best figure in a single month this season. Seager's homer also pushed him to the 60-extra-base-hit mark for the third consecutive season.
Seager is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the A's. Seager will get the day off after starting 32 straight games for the Mariners, hitting .239/.333/.462 with seven homers over that stretch. In his place, Gordon Beckham is starting at third base and batting eighth.
Seager went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, a walk and three runs in Thursday's 10-4 win over the Rangers. Seager's 423-foot shot to center with a man aboard in the second opened the scoring on the night and served as his third homer in the last four games. Seager's hitting streak now sits at 11 games, while his six homers thus far in September serves as his best monthly total in that category this season.
Seager went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run, a walk and two runs in Tuesday's 10-3 win over the Rangers. Seager's long-ball tear has seen him blast five round trippers in the last eight games, allowing him to match his total for all of August. The slugging third baseman's hitting streak now sits at nine games, equaling a season best. Factoring in Tuesday's production, Seager is sporting an impressive .405 wOBA and .415 ISO over 46 September plate appearances.