With all of the awesome action from the last week and a half of Mariners baseball, I completely spaced posting the third edition of weekly Mariners MVP! [My apologies, folks – I know you are all DIE-HARD followers of my writing ;)] In a week where the Mariners won six out of seven games, and defied the odds to stay alive in the postseason hunt, Kyle Seager had a tremendous week of hitting, and it may have flown under the radar amidst the excitement.
Kyle Seager continued the best season of his career with a huge week when it mattered most for the Mariners.
Seager, the Mariners stalwart at third base since 2012, posted a .393 batting average, with four doubles, a home run, and 3 RBIs, as well as a 1.123 OPS, during the Mariners’ 4-game sweep of the Athletics and series win over the Angels last week.
While Seager’s .213 batting average this season hasn’t been overly impressive, he’s set career highs with 35 home runs and 100 RBIs, all of which coming as a middle-of-the-order hitter in an overall struggling offense. His career-best season has come at a great time: he’s up for a $20 million contract option for next season, which the Mariners have now been forced to seriously consider giving him.
Seager has become so entrenched in the Mariners lineup over the last 10 seasons, that upon Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith’s suggestion on Monday’s telecast that this week could be the final time we see Seager in a Mariners uniform at T-Mobile Park, I was hit with a rush of emotion. The Mariners’ decision on next year’s $20 million option, no matter which way it goes, is going to seriously impact Mariners fans.
Congrats to a fantastic week, Kyle, and we’re behind you all the way for this week’s final push; we’re all hoping you get the chance to represent Seattle in the postseason after a long 10 years.