Seager is equal opportunity home-run artist
Mariners third baseman turning on power against righties and lefties
KANSAS CITY -- Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager continues to refine his power stroke and it doesn't matter whether there's a right-hander or a left-hander on the mound.
When the lefty-swinging Seager went deep against Royals lefty Bruce Chen in Tuesday night's 4-3 loss, it reinforced the notion that Seager is a power force against all types of pitching these days. Ten of his 22 homers have come off left-handers.
"[Hitting against] lefties is one of the areas I talked about improving," Seager said. "There have been a couple of adjustments that I made this year and hopefully they'll continue to help."
Seager is now second in the Major Leagues for home runs by a left-handed batter against a lefty pitcher. Only Chris Davis of Baltimore (12) has more.
Seager has the most lefty-on-lefty homers by a Mariners slugger since Russell Branyan also hit 10 in 2009. Ken Griffey Jr. is the only Mariners' lefty batter to hit more than 10 homers off left-handed pitching. He accomplished that feat six times, the last coming in 1998 when he hit 21.