Yesterday, Kyle Seager went 0 for 5, grounded into 2 double plays and VERY nearly grounded into a third in that fateful 10th inning, but the ball was hit so crappily that he was able to leg out the fielder’s choice and keep the inning alive for Dae-ho Lee’s dramatics. Through nine games, though, Seager is batting .152/.300/.303.
What the shit is wrong with him, that he can’t get off to hot starts to seasons in his career? Last year, through 10 games, he was batting .211/.268/.368. I won’t put all the blame on him, but through those 10 games, the Mariners were 3-7, and sure as shit could have used some blistering production from their middle-of-the-order third baseman.
In 2014, it was much, MUCH worse. Through 20 games, he was batting .156/.280/.219, before he started to break out with 2 homers against the Astros on April 23rd. Even then, with such a shitty start, it took three consecutive 2-hit games to bring his average over .200. He didn’t crack .250 until late May … it wasn’t pretty.
In 2013, again you find him dipping well below .200. 12 games in, he was batting .178/.260/.267. It took a torrid rest of the month to get him back on track.
You have to go back to 2012, his first full season in the Majors, to see Kyle Seager with a start you would expect out of a player of his calibre. Of course, at that time, the pressure was off. No one really expected much of anything out of the guy, except to HOPEFULLY stick with the ballclub for the full season.
I’m not going to sit here and try to guess as to the reasons behind these slow starts of late. All I know is that they’re helping dig this team into HUGE holes that they never fully recover from.
As nice as it was to see Dae-ho Lee knock in his first game-winning home run in the Major Leagues yesterday, it would be a lot nicer to see guys like Seager, Cano, and Cruz start showing up, like, NOW, and winning us some ballgames before it’s too late.