Seager among AL's best in the clutch

Seager among AL's best in the clutch

Seager among AL's best in the clutch
CHICAGO -- Kyle Seager has been Mr. Clutch all season for the Mariners, with his 73 RBIs leading the club by a wide margin. And with his four RBIs in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the White Sox, Seager moved into a tie for the most RBIs on the road by any player in the Majors this season.

His 51 road RBIs tied him with Josh Hamilton and Mark Teixeira going into Sunday's play, with Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey one behind. That's pretty exclusive company.

"He's swinging the bat well," said Mariners manager Eric Wedge. "He's a good hitter and he's really finding himself at this level, like a lot of our kids are. He hits his way through situations and understands what he needs to do to give himself the greatest chance to succeed. He's ahead of some of our other young players in that regard."

Seager's two home runs on Saturday pushed him into the team lead in that category as well with 15.

The 24-year-old third baseman continues to lead the Majors in two-out RBIs with 41, three ahead of the Tigers' Cabrera.

It's all pretty good stuff for a player in his first full season in the Majors. Seager came to camp this spring not even sure he'd make the 25-man roster and opened the year as the backup third baseman, but moved immediately into the lineup after Mike Carp was injured on Opening Day and Chone Figgins shifted to left field.

"I wouldn't say he's a surprise, but I didn't expect it to come this fast," Wedge said. "He's a young hitter that, like all our young players, is going through a lot of firsts and he's handling it very well. It's obvious that this young man, if he keeps on this path, is going to be a very good big league hitter."