Hitting coach Tim Laker feels Seager was able to successfully carry over the hitting adjustments he made during the second half of the 2019 season into spring training, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Seager's final .239/.321/.468 line for 2019 still had plenty of room for improvement, but it was markedly better than what the veteran third baseman was on pace for during a forgettable first half (.203/.288/.371). Seager slashed a solid .260/.339/.524 over the post-All-Star-break portion of the campaign, a stretch during which he also slugged 17 of his 23 home runs and drove in 45 of his 63 runs. Laker notes the 32-year-old focused on making sure the plate adjustments that led to his improvement carried over into spring training, and the .316 average (6-for-19) he generated over eight Cactus League contests seems to indicate that goal was largely accomplished.
Seager, who went 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a run in a Cactus League loss to the Rockies on Monday, is hitting .455 (5-for-11) with Monday's pair of two-baggers, three RBI, one walk and Monday's run over his first five spring games.
The elder statesman of the rebuilding Mariners is offering tangible evidence he still has plenty left in the tank early in spring, a welcome sight after he put together below-average numbers, by his standards, in batting average and on-base percentage for the second straight season. Seager saw a hand injury delay his start to the campaign until late May and then generated a .239/.321/.468 line across 443 plate appearances. The 32-year-old is expected to open the 2020 campaign as the starting third baseman, but there's certainly a chance he's moved to a contending team at some point this season.
Seager went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday's 3-1 win over Oakland.
Seager took Oakland starter Tanner Roark deep with a two-run blast in the first inning of Sunday's low-scoring tilt. With his 23rd long ball, he surpassed last season's total of 22 despite playing in nearly 50 fewer games in 2019.
Seager, who went 2-for-3 with a run in a loss to the Athletics on Thursday, is hitting just .207 (17-for-82) across 22 games in September.
Seager does have a solid 10 RBI during the month thanks to some timely hitting, but his overall performance at the plate is a far cry from the .323 average he generated in an August in which he seemed to turn his season around. However, despite the late downturn, Seager is actually way ahead of where he was last year -- his .241/.325/.470 line is a marked improvement over his .221/.273/.400 slash from 2018, and he'd already matched the 22 homers he hit last season by Sept. 10 and did so in 67 fewer games.
Seager is not in Thursday's lineup against the Pirates.
He is hitting .214 with four home runs in 15 games this month. Austin Nola is starting at third base and hitting fourth.
Seager went 1-for-3 with an RBI double, a walk and a run in a win over the Reds on Wednesday.
Seager's eighth-inning two-bagger brought home Austin Nola to close out the Mariners' scoring on the night. The veteran has cooled off in September after a season-changing August during which he hit .323, but Seager has still made a notable impact with four home runs and nine RBI across his first nine games of the month.
Seager went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in a win over Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Seager entered the game having gone hitless in his last three games but put an end to the drought with a two-run shot to right field in the eighth inning. The 31-year-old missed most of the first half of the season while recovering from surgery on his left hand but has been productive since the All-Star break, slashing .281/.361/.611 with 16 homers and 40 RBI in 51 games.
Seager went 2-for-6 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Thursday's loss to Houston.
Seager launched a two-run shot to right field in the first inning and put Seattle ahead with a solo blast to left field in the 12th. The 31-year-old has registered 12 of his 21 homers and 31 of his 56 RBI since the start of August, hitting .315 (35-for-111) over that stretch.
Seager went 1-for-5 with a home run, a walk and three RBI in Sunday's 11-3 win over the Rangers.
The home run was Seager's 10th in his past 25 games, exceeding his combined output for his previous 57 games combined since returning May 25 from hand surgery. Seager's power surge would seem to indicate that he's fully moved past the injury at this point, making it reasonable to expect him to continue providing aid in the home run and RBI categories in the season's final month.
Seager went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a loss to the Yankees on Wednesday.
Seager was essentially the lone bright spot for the Mariners versus old teammate James Paxton, as he took the southpaw deep in the fourth inning with Austin Nola aboard. The veteran third baseman has socked half of his 18 homers on the season during a blistering August in which he's hit .329, laced 17 extra-base hits overall, and raised his season average 32 points to .250.
Seager went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a stolen base, a run scored and a walk in Saturday's 7-5 loss to the Blue Jays.
Seager's two-run single came in the first inning off Blue Jays opener Wilmer Font. He then stole his second base of the season. While the speed routine isn't likely to continue, Seager's hot hitting continued with his third multi-hit effort in the last four games. He's lifted his slash line to .251/.327/.498 for the season, with 17 homers, 47 RBI and 41 runs scored in 74 games.
Seager went 2-for-3 with two RBI, two doubles and two walks in a 7-4 win over the Blue Jays on Friday.
Seager continues to be a proverbial thorn in the side of the opposition during his season-changing August, with Friday's production pushing his monthly average to .338 across 75 plate appearances. His latest pair of two-baggers gives him 13 extra-base hits this month (five doubles, eight home runs) after mustering just 18 combined over June and July. Seager's extended tear has resulted in a 27-point boost in his season average to .247, which is partly responsible for his OPS enjoying a 134-point improvement to .817 since the calendar flipped.
Seager went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, three RBI and two runs scored Tuesday against the Rays.
Seager took Diego Castillo deep for a two-run homer in the first inning, his 17th of the season. He followed that up with an RBI double in the seventh frame. The strong performance maintained Seager's strong form at the plate, as he now has six home runs in his past eight games, also notching two doubles in that span. With the benefit of that hot stretch, Seager has improved his OPS to .811 across 295 plate appearances (.492 SLG).
Seager went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Seager's 360-foot shot to right in the second opened the scoring on the afternoon for the Mariners and served as his fifth round tripper in the last six games. The previously struggling third baseman also extended his hitting streak to a season-best 12 games and is hitting .340 over 56 plate appearances in August.
Seager went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
Seager hit the foul pole with a shot off Tim Mayza in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie and has now hit safely in 11 straight games and 20 of his last 21, going 29-for-80 since July 22. The surge has improved the 31-year-old's slash line to a respectable .242/.313/.472 with 15 home runs and 38 RBI in 252 at-bats.
Seager went 2-for-5 with a double, three RBI and a run in a win over the Tigers on Thursday.
Seager is apparently intent on making up for a season's worth of struggles in a month, as he's enjoyed a highly impressive resurgence thus far in August. Factoring in Thursday's production, Seager is hitting .368 (14-for-38) with two doubles, five home runs, 12 RBI, six walks and seven runs over 11 games since the calendar flipped. That's already led to a 24-point boost in his batting average to .242, and the veteran third baseman is working on a nine-game hitting streak as well.
Seager went 3-for-4 with three home runs, six RBI and a walk in Tuesday's 11-6 win at Detroit.
Seager capped off his first multi-homer game of the season in entertaining fashion, as his ninth-inning home run only made it over the wall after bouncing off the glove of a Tigers outfielder. The 31-year-old had a rough first half with a .659 OPS, but he's looked much better since the All-Star break with a .270/.323/.506 slash line and five homers in 25 games.
Seager went 1-for-3 with a run-scoring groundout and a solo home run in a win over the Padres on Wednesday.
Seager erased an early 1-0 deficit and subsequently snapped a 1-1 tie in the second and fourth innings with his groundout and homer, respectively. The veteran third baseman continues to experience a second-half awakening at the plate after a prolonged slump, as he's now slugged five of his 11 round trippers on the season since July 22 and has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games overall.
Seager, who went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Astros on Sunday, is hitting .341 (15-for-44) with two doubles, one triple, four homers, eight RBI and nine runs overall in his last 12 games.
Not only is Seager obviously putting very good wood on the ball lately, he's also generated an improved 16.3 percent strikeout rate during that span. The veteran slugger has boosted his season line from .189/.265/.349 to .218/.290/.407 over that stretch, middling numbers that nevertheless hint at the possibility he may finally be breaking out of a season-long funk.
Seager went 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, two runs scored and four RBI in Tuesday's 8-5 win over the Rangers.
The third baseman has now hit safely in eight straight games, hitting .355 (11-for-31) over that stretch with three homers and seven RBI. Seager's .212/.280/.399 slash line though 54 games on the year remains poor, but his recent hot streak puts him on the radar in shallower fantasy formats as a potential pickup.
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