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Corey Seager keeps hitting the ball hard

Dodgers shortstop’s numbers through six games are impressive.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Houston Astros Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Corey Seager hit a line drive home run in the second inning of the Dodgers’ win over the Astros, the only run allowed by rookie Cristian Javier in his first big league start. Javier struck out eight in his 5⅔ innings, allowing only two other batters to reach base.

For Seager, it continued a trend in the early going.

Seager has been tattooing the ball so far this season, and through six games has an average 96.4 mph exit velocity, in the top two percent of MLB. His home run against Valdez was 107.6 mph off the bat.

Fifteen of Seager’s 28 plate appearances this season have ended with him hitting the ball 95 mph or harder.

Seager’s stings

Date Opp Pitcher Exit velo (mph) Expected BA Result
Date Opp Pitcher Exit velo (mph) Expected BA Result
Thu, Jul 23 SF Johnny Cueto 104.0 0.590 double
Thu, Jul 23 SF Tyler Rogers 102.8 0.260 fielder's choice
Fri, Jul 24 SF Tyler Anderson (L) 99.7 0.250 infield single
Fri, Jul 24 SF Kevin Gausman 101.9 0.620 double
Fri, Jul 24 SF Sam Coonrod 95.1 0.410 ground out
Sat, Jul 25 SF Logan Webb 101.1 0.720 lineout
Sat, Jul 25 SF Caleb Baragar 102.2 0.820 lineout
Sat, Jul 25 SF Tony Watson (L) 109.2 0.700 single
Sun, Jul 26 SF Drew Smyly (L) 100.6 0.810 lineout
Sun, Jul 26 SF Drew Smyly (L) 97.2 0.310 ground out
Sun, Jul 26 SF Rico Garcia 100.2 0.450 fly out
Tue, Jul 28 Hou Framber Valdéz (L) 108.7 0.870 single
Tue, Jul 28 Hou Andre Scrubb 100.5 0.380 single
Wed, Jul 29 Hou Cristian Javier 107.6 0.980 home run
Wed, Jul 29 Hou Cristian Javier 105.8 0.880 ground out
Source: Baseball Savant

Four times he’s hit into an out on a ball deemed by Baseball Savant to have an expected batting average of at least .700, including his fifth-inning ground out on Wednesday, at 105.8 mph off the bat.

That’s why, even though he’s hitting .320/.393/.520 with a .396 wOBA to date, his expected numbers per Baseball Savant include a .511 batting average, 1.030 slugging percentage and .645 wOBA, all tops in MLB.

We’re only six games in, of course, but that seems like a good sign.