DENVER -- In his first full year in the Majors, Kyle Seager has emerged as a legitimate, middle-of-the-lineup weapon for the Mariners, forcing other teams to take note.
"I think they already do," manager Eric Wedge said. "He's up there ready to hit. He's a young hitter, still learning, but I think he has a good feel for his hitting zone, and he's getting a better feel for the strike zone."
Seager is 5-for-7 in the first two games of the series at Colorado with a homer, a triple, a walk, and five RBIs, and he brings a four-game hitting streak into Sunday's finale. At .292 with 11 doubles, five homers and a team-high 26 RBIs, he's on pace to knock on the door of the five Mariners with 40-doubles, 20 homers, and 100 RBIs in a single season, potentially joining Edgar Martinez (four times), Ken Griffey Jr., Raul Ibanez, Richie Sexson and Alex Rodriguez.
"He's confident," Wedge said. "He's not afraid to take some chances up there, and in order to be a good hitter up here, you've got to be willing to do that. He's had a lot of big hits in a lot of key situations for us."
Performing in the clutch has been key for Seager, who is tied for first in the American League entering play Sunday with 15 two-out RBIs.
"I feel comfortable in there," Seager said after going 3-for-4 on Saturday. "I'm just trying to put together good at bats."