It’s a lineup that features the reigning National League MVP and another star that recently signed a $365 million contract extension. Yet the Dodgers’ best offensive player probably isn’t Cody Bellinger or Mookie Betts.
Enter Corey Seager, the 26-year-old shortstop whose raw talent has been on display throughout this postseason. The fact the Dodgers reached Saturday, after avoiding elimination from the NLCS a night earlier against the Braves, was partly a function of Seager’s dangerous left-handed bat.
He entered Game 6 with four homers and 10 RBIs in the series. Included was two homers Friday night that helped bump his slash line for this postseason to .342/.409/.842.
“I didn’t know much before I came over,” Betts said, referring to Seager. “I just knew he was a good shortstop who could swing it a little bit. And getting to see him day in and day out is definitely a blessing. I have really one job: to get on base and stay there until he hits me in, which doesn’t take too long.”
It’s a different Seager than the Dodgers had seen in previous Octobers. Before this year, Seager had appeared in 31 postseason games and owned a disappointing .203/.275/.331…