Seager showing signs of turning it around
MIAMI -- Baseball is a game of constant adjustments, a truth to which Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager can attest.
Through the first 15 games of the season, Seager has struggled at the plate, going hitless in eight of his appearances for a team-low .170 batting average.
Of late, the 26-year-old and his coaches have tinkered with the position of his hands on the bat, working on consistently getting the same move and angle.
"We're just trying to get his hands in a better position, get him in a better hitting position so he can get that feel and where he needs to be before he attacks," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said.
Seager's results during the current roadtrip indicate progress. He collected his second multi-hit game of the trip -- and season -- on Friday. After beginning the year 4-for-33 (.121), he is batting .250 (5-for-20) over his last five games.
"It's felt better the last couple of days. Last night it felt good," said Seager, who went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. "Keep building off there, feel what works and doesn't work and base it off that."
Though Seager failed to collect a hit in two of the four games in Texas, his at-bats looked and felt more comfortable.
"Everybody puts such an emphasis on the hits; obviously that's the result you're going for, but you can take a good swing and get out and take a bad swing and get a hit," Seager said. "It doesn't always work that way. Anytime you put a good swing on a ball and it falls for you, it's always a big confidence-booster."