OAKLAND -- At the bottom of the first page of the Mariners' game notes on Friday, there was a "Did you know?" fact about rookie third baseman Kyle Seager. Entering the series opener against the A's, Seager was batting .422 in road games since the All-Star break, the best mark in the American League for those with a minimum of 45 at-bats. "I did not know that," Seager said before the opener of Seattle's six-game road trip.
Seager hit .600 on the Mariners' last road trip, a six-game, two-city stretch with stops at Tampa Bay and Cleveland. He went 15-for-25 and had at least one hit in every game. Against the Indians, Seager went 10-for-13 with five doubles and a home run. "That wasn't a normal thing for sure," Seager said of the previous road trip. "That was a good trip. I was feeling comfortable in the box, seeing the ball well and everything, and trying to [make] good swings. Sometimes, balls just fall for you. It was one of those times where the ball was falling for me. It was a good road trip. It was a great road trip." Seager is batting .351 on the road and .213 at home for the season, yet throughout his baseball career before this year he's never noticed "much of a difference" between his hitting at home and on the road. "You pretty much try to stay consistent wherever you're playing," Seager said.
Seager walked and scored a run in the second inning of Friday night's 9-2 loss, but he went 0-for-3.