Corey Seager

Corey Seager

Height: 6-4
Weight: 215 lbs
Age: 27
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Condensed Game: Gavin Lux and Corey Seager combined for five RBIs as the Dodgers come from behind late to defeat the Mariners, 6-4

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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The ScoreMLB Power Rankings: Dodgers fall from top spot, Yankees might be back

Welcome to the fourth edition of theScore's MLB Power Rankings for the 2021 season.1. Chicago White Sox Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 19-13 7-3 +53 4 (+3) The White Sox earn the top spot without any clear favorite due to their MLB-best plus-53 run differential. Chicago's offensive rating of 18.1, according to FanGraphs, is the league's fourth-best despite long-term injuries to Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez. Meanwhile, the team's pitching staff ranks in the top four in fWAR thanks to brilliant performances from Carlos Rodon and Lance Lynn. The former owns a 0.58 ERA and has allowed just one home run over 31 innings.2. Boston Red Sox Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 22-13 6-4 +36 5 (+3) Xander Bogaerts might finally be getting the appreciation he deserves. The 28-year-old is off to a career-best start through 33 games, slashing .349/.396/.589 with seven home runs, 10 doubles, and a league-leading 45 hits. It's looking increasingly likely that the longest-tenured Red Sox player will opt out of the final three years and $60 million of his contract after the 2022 season and join a stacked free-agent class of shortstops slated to include Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, and Trevor Story.3. San Diego Padres Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 19-16 6-4 +19 2 (-) San Diego owns MLB's best ERA at 2.89. That's why the Padres are second in the NL West, as the club just isn't hitting right now. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Trent Grisham are the only qualified Padres position players with an OPS above .800. Ha-Seong Kim, Jurickson Profar, and the team's entire catching corps have disappointed thus far. If San Diego is going to fulfill its potential this season, Tatis and Grisham need a lot of help fast.4. Oakland Athletics Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 21-15 5-5 -10 3 (-1) The A's are still rolling. Bob Melvin's squad has lost just one series (to the Orioles, of all teams) since its season-opening six-game losing streak. The Athletics aren't doing anything spectacular. Instead, they're playing solid all-around baseball, and it's paying off. Their minus-10 run differential might indicate some regression, though.5. Los Angeles Dodgers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 18-17 2-8 +32 1 (-4) Injuries have decimated the powerful Dodgers, and even their unparalleled depth is being tested. The defending champs lost three of four to Milwaukee before the Cubs swept them at Wrigley Field, and they nearly blew a 13-0 lead to the Angels on Saturday. Despite all of that, the Dodgers are only 2 1/2 games out of first place in the NL West, and they own a plus-32 run differential. The odds are good they'll weather this storm. Sarah Stier / Getty Images Sport / Getty6. New York Yankees Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 18-16 7-3 +13 14 (+8) Giancarlo Stanton isn't hearing many boos in the Bronx lately. The much-maligned slugger is helping to right the ship in New York with his sizzling stretch. He's hitting .413.464.762 with six home runs and four doubles over his last 15 games, pushing the Yankees to a 10-5 record over that span.7. San Francisco Giants Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 20-14 5-5 +27 7 (-) After all the offseason hype tied to the Padres and Dodgers, the Giants are the first NL West team to reach 20 wins, and they boast the NL's second-best winning percentage and run differential. A home-heavy schedule has helped (they're 12-4 at Oracle Park). So has outstanding starting pitching from some surprising contributors, and resurgent offensive campaigns from veterans Evan Longoria and Buster Posey.8. St. Louis Cardinals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 21-14 8-2 +23 15 (+7) The Cardinals sit atop the NL Central after winning 12 of their last 16 games, and the ageless Yadier Molina leads their offense. He's produced five home runs and a .997 OPS over 21 contests, while Nolan Arenado paces the club with 23 RBIs. Ace Jack Flaherty is a perfect 6-0 in seven starts, and closer Alex Reyes has authored a 0.53 ERA with 10 saves in 16 appearances during his first season in the role.9. New York Mets Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 16-13 7-3 -3 9 (-) Rat or raccoon? The Mets' five-game winning streak may have received less attention than the tunnel drama between Francisco Lindor and Jeff McNeil, but New York is finally playing up to preseason expectations. Lindor broke out of his early-season funk while posting a 1.043 OPS during the streak, Pete Alonso got on base at a .400 clip, and Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker have been fantastic behind ace Jacob deGrom with their combined 2.25 ERA. Carmen Mandato / Getty Images Sport / Getty10. Toronto Blue Jays Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 17-16 6-4 +25 8 (-2) The Blue Jays somehow continue to stay above .500 despite an avalanche of injuries. George Springer is on the IL again and catcher Alejandro Kirk has joined him, along with a bunch of high-leverage relievers. Despite all the bullpen's health issues, the group's 2.92 ERA is fourth-best in the majors. Meanwhile, Toronto's offense is beginning to look like the juggernaut it was projected to become. The club has scored at least seven runs in four of its last 10 games.11. Tampa Bay Rays Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 19-17 6-4 +1 11 (-) Mike Zunino was one of the league's worst offensive players during the shortened 2020 campaign, but he's rebounded significantly in 2021 without lighting the world on fire. The catcher has already surpassed his 2020 home run total, and he's one of three Rays regulars with an OPS over .750. If Zunino can sustain his current production, Tampa Bay's chances in the hyper-competitive AL East will keep improving.12. Houston Astros Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 18-16 5-5 +33 13 (+1) The Astros managed to survive the Bronx and a hostile first series against the Yankees following the sign-stealing scandal. Houston can now focus on finding some consistency with Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez heating up. The 2019 AL Rookie of the Year has recorded multi-hit games in four straight contests and six of his last seven, resulting in a 1.033 OPS this campaign.13. Milwaukee Brewers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 19-16 4-6 -6 6 (-7) A recent six-game losing streak put a damper on the Brewers' good start to the season. Milwaukee will struggle to compete for a division title without a healthy Christian Yelich, who's on the IL with a back issue again, and a productive Keston Hiura. The latter is in the minors after posting a .513 OPS over 26 games. The pitching trio of Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, and Freddy Peralta will need to continue carrying the team.14. Philadelphia Phillies Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 18-17 6-4 -8 17 (+3) The Phillies are staying within shouting distance of first in the NL East while dealing with a barrage of injuries, a lack of anything resembling production from the center-field spot, and one of the league's worst bullpens. The bullpen's latest collapse happened in Atlanta on Saturday when Philadelphia's relievers blew leads in the ninth and 12th innings. Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, and Zack Eflin can be incredible, but the Phillies might remain NL East bridesmaids if their bullpen stays broken.15. Atlanta Braves Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 17-17 5-5 -12 10 (-5) The state of Georgia breathed a huge sigh of relief when Ronald Acuna Jr. suffered just a bruised finger from being hit with a 97-mph pitch on Saturday. A long-term injury would have been a crushing blow. Instead, the Braves can move past the scary moment and build on a solid week while trying to get above .500 before June. Icon Sportswire / Icon Sportswire / Getty16. Cleveland Indians Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 18-14 7-3 +15 22 (+6) The Indians are second in the AL Central, but that standing doesn't fit a team that's already been no-hit twice this season. Cleveland has won seven of its last 10 games, even though the club's 86 wRC+ over that stretch ranks 26th in MLB. How are the Indians managing to be successful? Jose Ramirez slugged .600 with 10 runs scored during those 10 games, while the trio of Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac, and Aaron Civale have combined to strike out 141 hitters in 134 2/3 innings this season.17. Chicago Cubs Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 17-17 7-3 -5 21 (+4) Kris Bryant's revenge tour hasn't been able to elevate the Cubs. The 2016 NL MVP has slashed .308/.397/.650 with nine homers over 32 games in what could be the impending free agent's last season on the North Side. Chicago's starting pitching is really holding the team back. The rotation's 5.32 ERA is the worst in baseball.18. Cincinnati Reds Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 15-16 6-4 -4 16 (-2) After losing seven straight, the Reds recovered to take a series on the road from the Dodgers before nabbing four wins against tough competition in the Cubs, White Sox, and Indians. While Nick Castellanos continues to hit with authority (.632 slugging percentage), Jesse Winker's play is standing out. The 27-year-old's .354 batting average leads the NL, while his 1.044 OPS ranks only behind Bryant.19. Seattle Mariners Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 18-17 5-5 -15 19 (-) Yes, the Mariners are in third place in the AL West and one game above .500. But they've also posted a minus-15 run differential, and the team has played .500 ball over the last two weeks. The Mariners are young and raw too, as catcher Luis Torrens showed with his mental error that allowed a run to score on Saturday. Still, there's talent and hope in Seattle for the first time in a while, even if these Mariners are starting to regress. Icon Sportswire / Icon Sportswire / Getty20. Kansas City Royals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 16-17 1-9 -31 12 (-8) The Royals plummeted following a seven-game losing skid after starting the season 16-9. Kansas City scored just 18 runs during that period, including being shutout in back-to-back games against the Indians and White Sox. Despite the team's recent struggles, left-hander Danny Duffy is turning heads with a 1.26 ERA over six starts.21. Minnesota Twins Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 12-20 5-5 -2 18 (-3) Byron Buxton's injury couldn't have come at a worse time. Minnesota's hottest hitter is expected to miss several weeks after slashing .370/.408/.772 through 24 games. The Twins only managed 12 wins over 32 contests with Buxton producing like an MVP, so the next little while could be painful for them. At least they're still in a division with the Tigers.22. Miami Marlins Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 15-18 5-5 +20 25 (+3) Young hurlers Sandy Alcantara, Pablo Lopez, and Trevor Rogers are keeping the Marlins hovering around .500 despite a woeful offense that's missing Jazz Chisholm. Only four teams have hit fewer homers than Miami's 31. The good news? Every NL East club has been average to start the season, and the Marlins are the only one with a positive run differential.23. Los Angeles Angels Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 15-18 3-7 -27 20 (-3) The unexpected release of Albert Pujols overshadows a very tough week for the Angels, who have gone 3-7 over their last 10 games. Los Angeles also lost Alex Cobb to the IL with a blister, leaving a hole in its rotation. Going from Pujols to Jared Walsh at first base should help, and Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani will keep doing what they do. But it's starting to again feel like another wasted season is beginning for the Halos. Perhaps they should have bit the bullet on Pujols' contract earlier.24. Washington Nationals Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 13-17 5-5 -17 24 (-) During the same week when Pujols was unceremoniously dumped, Max Scherzer was on the mound proving that not all megadeals end miserably. The right-hander has been excellent early this season, posting a 2.33 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 61 strikeouts over 46 1/3 innings. Scherzer has been worth an MLB-best 35.5 WAR among pitchers since signing a seven-year, $210-million contract in 2015. Icon Sportswire / Icon Sportswire / Getty25. Texas Rangers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 18-18 7-3 -4 29 (+4) Adolis Garcia has emerged as a bright spot for the rebuilding Rangers. The outfielder leads all rookies and his team with nine homers. Garcia is one of many good young pieces who will make the Rangers fun to watch, even if they aren't in contention.26. Baltimore Orioles Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 15-19 5-5 -16 26 (-) John Means is an ace. The right-hander is coming off a masterpiece no-hitter against the Mariners when he struck out 12 batters and was a wild pitch away from a perfect game. Means' 1.37 ERA is the third-best in the majors, and he's allowed two or fewer runs in six of his seven starts. At 28, Means is a bit older than the rest of the rebuilding Orioles' core. Baltimore could build around him, or use Means as an intriguing trade chip with three-plus remaining years of team control.27. Arizona Diamondbacks Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 15-19 3-7 -15 23 (-4) It's been a rough start to the month for the D-Backs. Arizona has recorded one win in May, which came over the lowly Rockies. Asdrubal Cabrera is the only qualified hitter in the D-Backs' lineup with an OPS over .700 this month. At least Madison Bumgarner is rediscovering his old form. The team's ace has allowed eight hits and three runs over his last four starts.28. Pittsburgh Pirates Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 14-19 2-8 -30 28 (-) The Pirates lost eight of 10 after playing surprisingly well in April. The team will also be without rookie stud Ke'Bryan Hayes for a while after he was transferred to the 60-day IL with a wrist injury. Pitchers JT Brubaker and Richard Rodriguez - who hasn't allowed a run in 12 appearances - are providing encouraging results.29. Colorado Rockies Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 12-22 3-7 -24 27 (-2) The Rockies' old buddy Arenado and the Cardinals completed a sweep of Colorado, ending a series between teams heading in opposite directions. Colorado has now lost eight of its last 11 games to drop to the NL West basement. However, it hasn't been all bad news for the Rockies, as Raimel Tapia is emerging as a breakout candidate. The 27-year-old outfielder is currently on a nine-game hit streak, boasting a .417 average over the span.30. Detroit Tigers Record Last 10 RD Previous Rank (Change) 10-24 2-8 -68 30 (-) Winning will be pretty difficult for AJ Hinch's club if it can't score. The Tigers are only averaging 3.3 runs per game, and their minus-68 run differential is the MLB's worst by a significant margin. As the old adage goes, a team can't score if it can't get on base. Detroit's hitters have combined for a league-worst .277 OBP, with only three of the squad's regulars - Robbie Grossman, Jeimer Candelario, and Niko Goodrum - posting marks above .300.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

Yahoo SportsDodgers' offensive struggles start with Mookie Betts and Corey Seager

Mookie Betts and Corey Seager have slumped badly at the top of the Dodgers' lineup, one big reason the team has lost 13 of its last 17 games.

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Yahoo SportsWhy the Dodgers-Padres turbo-charged rivalry is great for baseball

The rivalry between the teams was a one-sided affair for many years. After an offseason arms race, it s become the most interesting one in baseball San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr (23) steals second base ahead of the tag by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor during a game last month. Photograph: Kelvin Kuo/USA Today Sports If you ask the Los Angeles Dodgers, they may deny that they have a rivalry with the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers, after all, have won the NL West for the last eight seasons while the San Diego Padres 2020 postseason appearance was their first since 2006. That was three presidents ago. However, their first two series this season have made it obvious that if the teams weren t rivals before, they sure are now. It was 16 April, the first regular-season game between the two teams in 2021, when Dodgers pitcher Dennis Santana hit Padres batter Jorge Mateo in extra innings, sparking a bench-clearing brawl. The Dodgers won the battle that day, battering the Padres not in a fight but where it really counts: on the scoreboard. They won 11-6 in the 12th inning thanks to a rally-starting Corey Seager home run. The Dodgers flair for the dramatic didn t stop there. In their next game, Mookie Betts made a ridiculous game-saving catch to preserve a 2-0 LA lead. The prohibitive World Series favorites looked like they were in control. Since then, however, the Padres have won four of the five games between the two clubs. The bad blood has become worse in the meantime. When San Diego s Fernando Tatis Jr hit a home run against Trevor Bauer on 24 April, the third game of a thrilling and exhausting four-game series, he covered one of his eyes as he ran the bases, something which got under the skin of the other team. Why? Well, Bauer, the reigning NL Cy Young winner, took to pitching with one eye closed during the preseason as part of his ongoing project to get people to pay attention to him. Opposing batters, as one can imagine, did not take kindly to this, particularly after Bauer ended up plunking Seattle Mariners third baseman Ty France. So when Tatis took him deep, he relished the opportunity to engage in some mockery. In true I m not mad, this is funny fashion, Bauer responded with a long video saying he didn t have a problem with Tatis s celebration. He then, however, accused Tatis of stealing signs. This led to the two having an exchange on Twitter the night before the series finale, where the Padres won 8-7. They won t meet again until 21 June, and considering how much entertainment the two teams have already provided us, that s a date fans should have circled on their calendars. It s a shame we have to wait that long. Healthy rivalries make sports more exciting and that is particularly true in MLB. In the NFL, for instance, every game has a playoff atmosphere due to the league s short season. The leisurely pace of baseball, combined with the 162-game regular season, makes it impossible for teams to play at high intensity all the time. When one team has extra motivation to beat the other, it almost always makes for more entertaining games. Thanks to MLB s unbalanced schedule, this is particularly true with intra-divisional rivalries where teams, who already are battling each other for first place in the standings, face each other 19 times during the regular season. The teams get to know each other well, and we all know what familiarity breeds. It s no surprise that most of the league s marquee rivalries are between teams that share a division: the New York Yankees v the Boston Red Sox; the St Louis Cardinals v the Chicago Cubs; the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies; and, of course, the Dodgers against their traditional foe, the San Francisco Giants. In comparison, Dodgers-Padres isn t even worth a mention on the Wikipedia page of MLB rivalries. That s probably because the Padres don t have the most celebrated of histories. Since they began life as an expansion team in 1969, they have appeared in the World Series just twice, losing both times. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have won six championships since they relocated from Brooklyn (where they also won one, if you count that sort of thing). The Padres know that if they want more respect, they will have to earn it on the field. Making it to the playoffs last year was a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, they ended up getting swept in the National League division series by, who else, the soon-to-be world champion Dodgers. Undaunted, the Padres spent the offseason trying to build a team that could beat the Dodgers. First, the Padres traded for Blake Snell and Yu Darvish to boost their starting rotation. A few months later, after the Dodgers signed Bauer to a three-year contract, the Padres signed Tatis Jr to a 14-year, $340m contract extension. It was a mammoth deal, but it was a sign that they were serious about creating a team that could remain competitive for years. Not only did these moves help both teams from a baseball perspective they also ensured that they would be two of the most fascinating teams of the season. The 22-year-old Tatis is an MVP caliber talent who could soon rival Betts as one of the best players in the game. Meanwhile, the talented-but-polarizing Bauer brings controversy everywhere he goes. It s not a coincidence that these two players have emerged at the center of one of the league s most intriguing storylines. If that weren t enough, there s one more interesting wrinkle: if you glanced at the NL West standings this weekend, you would notice that the Giants, not the Dodgers or the Padres, sat on top of what must be the toughest division in baseball. Just because Dodgers-Padres is getting all the attention doesn t mean that Dodgers-Giants has become any less heated. The battle for the best division in baseball may end up being a three-team race featuring two of the league s best rivalries. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, must be counting this as a positive development in a sport that has been struggling to keep fans these last few years.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The ScoreVlad Jr. bests his HOF dad with historic 3-HR game

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. managed to one-up his Hall of Fame dad just 205 games into his own career.The Toronto Blue Jays first baseman broke out on Tuesday, slugging three home runs with seven RBI during a 9-5 victory over the Washington Nationals in Dunedin. Guerrero's father, Vladimir Guerrero Sr., recorded 42 multi-homer games over his 16-year career - but never hit three.Guerrero Sr., who hit 449 home runs and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2018, saluted his progeny on social media: Yes, another one Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) April 28, 2021 What a night for my boy. All the hard work is paying off. #VG27 Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) April 28, 2021 Besting his dad wasn't the only history Guerrero Jr. made on Tuesday. The 22-year-old is the youngest player since at least 1901 to record exactly three homers and seven RBIs in one game, according to MLB Stats, and he's also the seventh-youngest with a three-homer game. Youngest players with 3-HR game, MLB history:1955 Al Kaline: 20 y, 119 d1952 Eddie Mathews: 20 y, 350 d1930 Mel Ott: 21 y, 182 d1934 Hal Trosky: 21 y, 200 d1963 Boog Powell: 21 y, 358 d2016 Corey Seager: 22 y, 37 dToday Vlad Jr.: 22 y, 42 d Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) April 28, 2021 Two of Guerrero Jr.'s homers came off Max Scherzer. The Nationals ace is now one of two pitchers, alongside Ivan Nova, to have surrendered home runs to both Vlad Jr. and Sr., according to Sarah Langs of The elder Guerrero hit a pair off Scherzer in nine plate appearances.Guerrero Jr. now owns a .360/.484/.693 slash line this year, and his seven homers are tied for the American League lead.Copyright © 2021 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.

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Tuesday, Apr 27, 2021