Texas leads the way to first championship, as ‘Crazy in the Fall’ shortstop surpasses Bonds as home run king.
Corey Seager (29) of the Texas Rangers has put up phenomenal batting stats in this year’s postseason. It will be interesting to see if he can lead Texas to its first World Series title.
Seager is a free agent after the 2021 season and signed a 10-year, $325 million mega-deal with Texas. Despite investing heavily in Seager and others after the 2021 season, Texas finished fourth in the American League West last year. They went 68-94 (.420 winning percentage).
This year, Texas went 90-72 (.556 winning percentage), tied with the Houston Astros, but fell short of winning the West due to a poor record, and entered the postseason as a wild card.
Texas defeated the top-seeded Tampa Bay Rays (99-63) in the Wild Card Series in two games to advance to the Division Series. In the Division Series, 바카라사이트 they defeated the American League’s top-seeded Baltimore Orioles (101-61) in three games to advance to the American League Championship Series (ALCS).
In 119 games this season due to injury, Seager batted .327 with 33 home runs, 96 RBIs and a 1.013 OPS. His batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage have improved dramatically from last year, when he batted .245 with 33 homers, 83 RBIs, and a .772 OPS in 151 games. He hit the same number of home runs, but his doubles increased from 24 to 42. He hit the most doubles in the league.
Seager’s performance in the postseason was incredible. In Game 2 of the Wild Card Series against Tampa Bay, Seager went 4-for-8 (5-for-5) with two doubles, two walks, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Three of his four hits were doubles.
Seager was opposing pitchers’ No. 1 target in the Division Series against Baltimore. He went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks in Game 1.
In Game 2, he went 0-for-1, but drew a whopping five walks. That’s the most walks in a single game in Major League Baseball postseason history. He drew walks with one out in the first, runners on first and third in the second, runners on first and second with one out in the third, and runners on first and second with one out in the fifth. He flied out to left field with one out in the seventh and drew his fifth walk with two outs in the ninth.
In Game 3, he went 1-for-2 with a double, a home run, two walks and two runs scored. He led off the game with a solo homer and walked on an automatic double with runners on second and third in the second inning. Mitch Garber followed with a two-run double to give Texas a 3-0 lead. He drew another walk in the fourth.
Seeger has nine walks in three games of the Division Series. That’s a Division Series record for walks, breaking Barry Bonds’ eight walks in four games in the 2003 Division Series against Florida.
In five postseason games this year, Seager has a .429/.680/.857 slash line with one home run, three RBI, six runs scored, 11 walks and two strikeouts. He’s 6-for-14 with four doubles. His OPS is 1.537. Opposing pitchers have struggled against Seager, which has led to a three- and four-homer attack from Mitch Garber and Adolis Garcia.
In the 2020 postseason with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seager went 18-for-32 with a .425 on-base percentage and .746 slugging percentage in 18 games. He was named both Championship Series MVP and World Series MVP. In the Championship Series, he went 3-for-5 with a home run, 11 RBIs and a 1.230 OPS in seven games, and in the World Series, he went 4-for-2 with a home run, five RBIs and a 1.256 OPS in six games.
Seager, the 2016 Rookie of the Year, is eligible for free agency after the 2021 season and signed a mega-deal with Texas. Since 2011, Texas has advanced to the American League Championship Series for the first time in 12 years. Texas, which was founded in 1961, reached back-to-back World Series in 2010 and 2011 but did not win. They are the oldest of the six major league teams that have not won a championship since their inception.