The Houston Astros third baseman, Alex Bregman, accomplished something historic today that only 17 other players have done. Let’s break down what he accomplished.
For a while now, I feel like we have been on a countdown for what Alex Bregman was set to accomplish this season. The Houston Astros star third baseman has been on a path to history as he was closing in on becoming the 18th player and 19th time the 30 home run, 100 RBI, and 50 double marks were eclipsed in a season.
Well, Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers in Detriot, Bregman did just that. He already reached the 30 home run mark in the Series against the Red Sox on September 8th. So, coming into today, he only needed one more double and three more RBIs to get to this rare feat.
In the top of the third inning, Bregman ripped a line drive to left field which resulted in a single and Martin Maldonado scoring from third base. Bregman next came to the plate in the top of the fifth inning Jake Marisnick and George Springer on base. In classic Bregman fashion, he ripped a line drive down the third base line. Marisnick and Springer scored and Bregman found himself on second.
Boom. In one at-bat, Bregman finished off this rare feat of 30 home runs, 100 RBIs, and 50 doubles. However, he wasn’t done yet. Two at-bats later, on a Tyler White sac fly, Bregman came around to score and collected his 100th run scored this season.
The last time the Houston Astros had someone score 100 runs and drive in 100 runs in the same season was in 2008 when Lance Berkman did it. The last time an Astro just drove in 100 runs was in 2009 when Carlos Lee did it. So, by those measures, this is a historic season for the Houston Astros.
Let’s get back to that 30 home run, 100 RBI, and 50 double season. 18 players have accomplished this feat with one player, Chuck Klien of the 1930s Phillies, doing it twice. If you’re curious, that’s about one player in every 1,000+ players to accomplish this type of season.
The last time the MLB saw this feat happen was over a decade ago in 2007 when both Matt Holliday and David Ortiz accomplished it. Bregman is the 4th youngest of the 18 to do, narrowly being edged out by Lou Gehrig. Alex Rodriguez, at 20, and Albert Pujols, at 23, are the other two guys to do this at a younger age.
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Additionally, Bregman was not the first member of the Houston Astros who was able to accomplish a season like this. Berkman was able to do this, albeit in an even more impressive season, back in 2001. He had 34 home runs, 126 RBIs, and 55 doubles. Bregman has a shot at beating those home runs and doubles but, probably not the RBIs.
However, that huge, historic accomplishment wasn’t the only thing that Bregman accomplished that was historic. He tied Jeff Bagwell for the most consecutive road games where he got on base at 51. He also has two streaks of more than 30 consecutive games getting on base.
The sky is truly the limit for Alex Bregman. He’s shown that more than ever this year. We’ll see if he’s able to snag up some spare MVP votes at the end of the season, he’s certainly deserving of some.