LOS ANGELES -- If Corey Seager views what he did Sunday as just "one of those days," as he said following a 12-6 win over the Braves, the rest of the National League could be forgiven for fearing the kind of talent the Dodgers have on their hands.The 22-year-old shortstop
LOS ANGELES -- If Corey Seager views what he did Sunday as just "one of those days," as he said following a 12-6 win over the Braves, the rest of the National League could be forgiven for fearing the kind of talent the Dodgers have on their hands.
The 22-year-old shortstop went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs in what was his second multihomer game of the series and the latest entry in his campaign for an All-Star start and an NL Rookie of the Year Award.
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"Just putting swings on balls right now, elevating them," said Seager, who hit three home runs in Friday's series opener. "They're going out. It's just one of those things you try to do every day, and it's working right now."
Seager's first homer came in the fourth inning to center field off Matt Wisler, while the second was pulled to right field off Alexi Ogando. The two homers sandwiched an RBI-single in the fifth.
The performance was enough to create a couple of ignominious milestones for a down Braves team. In their weekend series, a Dodgers sweep, Seager's five homers are the most allowed by the Braves in a series since Barry Bonds hit six during a three-game set at Turner Field in 2001. And the five homers are more than any Braves player not named Freddie Freeman has hit this season.
Seager didn't have much to say as far as what gave him the ability to torment Braves pitching.
"Some more good pitches to handle. Put some good swings on them, just one of those days," Seager said. "It's one of those things that you hope you get good pitches every night, but you don't. They're good pitchers. Big league pitchers, they make good pitches, that's what they're supposed to do."
The former No. 1 overall prospect is hitting .286/.341/.533 and leads the team with 14 home runs. He has multiple hits in six of his last 10 games and is hitting .325 with 12 homers since May 7, a level of production that his manager is still getting used to.
"It's deja vu. It keeps happening every day and I keep getting used to it," Dave Roberts said. "He sees the ball out of the hand really well. When you've got a very sound, short swing, power to all fields -- he can hit the ball to any part of the ballpark. It's special. There's only a few guys that can do it."
Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.