The Astros are a lot more than just George Springer wrecking shop in the postseason, but his performance sure seems to be the one that sticks out. In last year’s ALDS, he batted .412/.474/.706 against the Red Sox over four games. In the World Series, Springer hit five home runs while setting a record for total bases (29) and extra-base hits (8) in a single Fall Classic.
Obviously, Springer won the World Series MVP for that seven-game performance. It seems as if he’s picked back up right where he left off, too: the Astros faced Cleveland for just three games in the 2018 American League Division Series, yet Springer managed to collect six hits, three of them home runs.
Springer batted .429/.429/1.071 with just two strikeouts in 14 ALDS at-bats. In 27 career postseason games, Springer is now batting .294/.374/.633 with 10 homers -- those 10 homers are the most of any Astros player in history. Springer is still just 28 years old, and he’s got at least the ALCS this year to hit a few more dingers.
I’m not here to make any kind of dramatic statement about George Springer being some kind of postseason superhero guaranteed to swat homers at an incredible pace and bring the Astros to a second World Series championship in as many years. What he’s done is impressive, but it’s also a 27-game stretch over 123 plate appearances. Manny Ramirez hit 29 homers in the postseason over 493 plate appearances, blowing away players with more playing time in October like Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter. Springer has a ways to go before he’s at that level.
At the same time, though, Springer won’t be a free agent for a couple more years, and he’s absolutely tearing it up in the meantime. Whether he ends up with a historic postseason career, or we’re just seeing someone put up some incredible production in the present, we can appreciate what Springer’s doing. It’s only a shame we’ll have to wait until Saturday, when the ALCS begins, to see him get back to the plate.
- The Indians were a good team! The Astros were better. Much, much better. And Houston might be even better than they were a year ago when they won the World Series.
- The Braves are so setup for the future that Grant Brisbee is a little nervous for them, as he remembers a little team in a similar situation: the 2012 Nationals.
- Don’t fret, Atlanta. Think about Ronald Acuña and the company he put himself in with his Game 3 homer.
- Arodys Vizcaino is a reminder that the Braves aren’t just a team of prospects that panned out.
- Obviously George Springer went off, but the true star of the Astros-Indians ALDS was the booth. Maybe it’s just all the horrible announcers elsewhere that makes Whitney McIntosh feel that way, but the important thing is that all of the other announcers have been horrible.
- Brock Holt hit for the first cycle in postseason history in Game 3 against the Yankees. \o/ indeed
- Lindsey Adler has the story on Luis Severino’s supposed pre-game issues and Aaron Boone’s management snafu(s) from Game 3.
- Pinstripe Alley is concerned that Boone might have doomed the Yankees in this ALDS.
- The news isn’t all bad for the Yanks. They still have Game 4 on Tuesday night, and plus, we got Luke Voit some advice on his look from a professional stylist.
- The Brewers and Dodgers will meet in the NLCS, and here are the detailson that matchup.
- At Deadspin, David Roth is a big fan of this whole “trying to win” thing the Brewers employed as an offseason strategy.