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Dylan Hernandez: Dodgers' Corey Seager, having a historic postseason, is 'The Guy' again

By Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Baseball

What Corey Seager is doing in the National League Championship Series isn't a surprise.

It's a course correction.

Seager was always destined for a postseason like this, to be the most lethal offensive weapon for the Dodgers in their most important games.

His regular-season renaissance has led to an October for the ages, which continued Saturday. Seager launched a solo home run to spark a three-run first inning that was ultimately the difference for the Dodgers in their 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

The stakes were immense, with the Dodgers avoiding elimination for the second consecutive day and forcing a Game 7 that will be played Sunday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

The performance by Seager was historic, as the homer was his fifth of the series and the run batted in his 11th. Both are NLCS records.

 

"Seager was Seager again," third baseman Justin Turner said.

Finally, after Seager spent a year sidelined by elbow surgery and another year re-acclimating to major league baseball, what Turner said once again means what it would have meant three or four years ago.

Before Cody Bellinger replaced him as the organization's homegrown darling, before Mookie Betts became the most expensive player in franchise history, Seager was "The Guy."

At 26, playing in his fifth postseason, he is "The Guy" once again.

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