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Can trip to Texas cure Seager’s funk?

Post by Bob Dutton / The News Tribune on April 14, 2014 at 3:27 pm with 1 Comment »
April 14, 2014 7:46 pm
Will Texas prove to be the elixir that snaps Kyle Seager out of his slump? (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Will Texas prove to be the elixir that snaps Kyle Seager out of his slump? (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

ARLINGTON, Texas — The consensus, at least among the Mariners, seems to be that Kyle Seager is going to shake this slump at some point. The only question is when.

“I told him the biggest thing he needs to do is get out of the way of his talent,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “Let his talent take over. Sometimes, we can out-think ourselves.

“Listen, he’s got a nice track record. I think we all would agree he’s going to hit; he’s going to produce. The sooner the better.”

History suggests a trip to the Metroplex might be exactly what Seager needs after opening the season with just four hits in 33 at-bats. He is a .374 hitter in 24 games at what is now known as Globe Life Park.

“I think a lot of left-handed hitters would agree (it’s a good hitters’ park),” Seager said prior to Monday’s game against Texas. “It’s a good park to hit in. The infield last year was a little faster. So it’s a good place to swing.”

And his current funk?

“I actually feel pretty good,” Seager said. “I’m a little bit off on a couple of pitches, but I’m seeing the ball well. It could turn around real quickly.

“I think I got out of my swing a little bit. I was over-striding a little bit. I kind of lost my angle a little bit there. But I feel better now, and I’m seeing the ball well. Just go from there.”

Seager entered Monday with a 14-game hitter streak here, which is longest by any opponent since Jose Lopez had a 15-game run for the Mariners from July 25, 2007 to Sept. 3, 2008.



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