Mookie Betts and Corey Seager had a hand in every Dodgers run scored in Game 1 against the Brewers, continuing a pattern for the Dodgers’ two best players all season.
Betts doubled and scored in the first inning on Wednesday. Seager followed with a walk, one of five issued by Brewers starter Brent Suter, just the second four-pitch walk of the season for Seager, who scored.
In the second, Betts doubled again to drive in the Dodgers’ third run, and Seager closed out the scoring with a seventh-inning home run.
“Those two guys have had great seasons. We still got production from other guys throughout the lineup, at times. I just applaud those two guys because they’ve been so consistent all year long,” manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday night. “Just all along, it makes everybody around them better.”
Betts led the National League in Baseball-Reference WAR (3.4) this season, and ranked second in FanGraphs WAR (3.0), hitting .292/.366/.562 with a team-leading 16 home runs. Seager was right behind him with 15 home runs, ranking second in the NL in hard-hit balls while hitting .307/.358/.585.
Seager’s OPS+ was 152, Betts’ was 149. They are the 11th pair of Dodgers teammates to both post a 149 OPS+ or better, and only the third since the club moved to Los Angeles in 1958.
Betts alternated between batting first and second in the first three weeks of the season, but on August 13 he assumed the leadoff position for good. Seager, after missing five games with back stiffness, batted second for the first time this season.
Betts homered three times in that game, and Seager homered as well. They’ve stayed there ever since.
The Dodgers are 28-8 (.778) in games when Betts and Seager bat first and second, averaging 6.28 runs per game. The team’s performance in the other games is still excellent — 16-9 (.640), 5.08 runs per game — but having Betts and Seager at the top of the lineup, getting the most plate appearances, has the Dodgers at their best.
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a better one-two in baseball,” Roberts said.
That said, Betts and Seager aren’t alone. The Dodgers’ Game 1 lineup featured five other hitters with at least a 128 OPS+, which doesn’t even include Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy who both have strong track records.
“It’s a deep lineup. It’s not just us. There’s guys all the way through that lineup who can do damage,” Seager said.
“The postseason is different. You don’t have to have it every night. A walk is just as good as a hit sometimes,” he added. “You don’t always need to be locked in and have the big hit to score runs. It’s moving the lineup, and trying to score anyway you can.”
But it sure helps when Betts and Seager are both locked in.
Game 2 info
Time: 7:08 p.m. PT