Drew Silva looks at Corey Seager's underwhelming first half and highlights why fantasy managers should expect improved rest-of-season numbers from the Texas Rangers slugger.
DREW SILVA: There might have been a small hint of buyer's remorse in Arlington, Texas as Corey Seager plotted his way to relatively mediocre numbers through April, May, and part of June. There was a lot of pressure to produce hanging over the 28-year-old shortstop after he signed a blockbuster 10-year, $325 million free agent contract with the Rangers over the winter. All is well now, though, after Seager went on a ridiculous power surge to close out the first half of the season.
He hit seven home runs in a span of 10 games between July 5 and July 15. And if you zoom out for a larger sample size, you'll find that he has batted 320 with a 3.95 on base percentage and 641 slugging percentage, a 10.36 OPS over his last 119 plate appearances leading into the all-star break. Seager was named as a late addition to the American League All-Star roster, an injury replacement for George Springer, and soon after that, he accepted an invitation to participate in the 2022 Home Run Derby in a familiar environment for him at Dodger Stadium. These numbers, this national exposure, it's precisely what the Rangers were looking for.