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Checking in on Corey Seager’s rookie season

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Seager is peppered across several National League leaderboards in 2016

Los Angeles Dodgers v Cincinnati Reds Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images

As the Dodgers go for a series split against the Reds in Cincinnati on Monday morning, let’s check in on the season that shortstop Corey Seager is having.

Seager is putting together one of the best rookie seasons in franchise history, and it might end up as one of the finest Dodgers regular seasons, period. He is already somewhere around 5-6 Wins Above Replacement, depending on your source of choice.

But let’s look at some other numbers and see how that stacks up.

With two hits on Sunday, Seager has 151 on the season, second in the National League and five behind Jean Segura of the Diamondbacks. The last Dodger to lead the league in hits was Steve Garvey, with 200 safeties in 1980.

Through 123 team games, Seager is on pace for 199 hits on the season. Since that Garvey campaign in 1980 — the sixth time in seven seasons that the first baseman reached 200 hits — only three Dodgers have achieved 200 hits in a season: Steve Sax (1986), Mike Piazza (1997) and Adrian Beltre (2004).

Seager has also scored 80 runs so far this season, a total that would have led the Dodgers in 2012, 2013 and 2015. He is on pace for 105 runs scored, vying to become the first Dodger since Matt Kemp (115 runs) in 2011 to score in triple digits.

The last Dodgers rookie to score 100 runs was Jim Gilliam, who touched home plate 125 times in 1953.

With 21 home runs, Seager is one home run shy of tying Glenn Wright (1930) for the most home runs hit as a Dodgers shortstop in one season. Seager is on pace for 28 home runs.

The only rookie shortstops in major league history to hit more than 24 home runs are Nomar Garciaparra (30) in 1997, Cal Ripken Jr. (28) in 1982, and Trevor Story (27) this season, the latter seeing his stellar year for the Rockies cut short with a torn ligament in his thumb.

Seager also has 34 doubles, third in the NL behind Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo (36) and Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy (35). Only three Dodgers in the last 100 years have led the league in doubles — Wes Parker (47) in 1970, Pete Reiser (39) in 1941, and Johnny Frederick (52) in 1929.

Seager is on pace for 45 doubles, something only four Dodgers have ever done, with Babe Herman (48) in 1930 and Shawn Green (49) in 2003 joining Parker and Frederick.

With 254 total bases, Seager is already fourth among Dodgers shortstops in a single season, behind only Rafael Furcal (291), Wright (289) in 1930, and Cesar Izturis (255) in 2004.

Seager is on pace for 335 total bases. The last Dodger with 300 total bases was Kemp in 2011, with 353.

With 58 extra-base hits so far in 2016, Seager is on pace for 76, which would match Kemp in 2011 and Andre Ethier in 2009. The last Dodger with more was Beltre in 2004, with 80.

Seager enters Monday with a 12-game hitting streak, hitting .458/.500/.646 (22-for-48) during that span. He has also had hitting streaks this season of 19 and 11 straight games, plus a nine-gamer and an eight-game streak as well.

He is 5-for-8 with two walks so far in this series.

Game info

Time: 9:35 a.m.

TV: SportsNet LA