The Houston Astros have three starters elected to the MLB All-Star game, the most in the majors and another tidbit just rewrote the books. What’s up?
There are no questions Houston Astros fans — this team is of championship-caliber and it shows with each game that they partake out on the diamond. I understand that not every game will go perfectly and this slump that had been in place before last night’s 2-1 walk-off win engineered by Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel is just the nuances of a long 162-game season.
The team has been battling injuries and there will be some miscues as these guys get the groove back from missing time. But I fully expect the Houston Astros to hit their full stride in the late summer — as they usually do — and make a strong push into the postseason, ready to do battle to take the World Series’ crown back.
But until then, we can enjoy some great news about the All-Star election. With the final votes tallied, the Houston Astros will have three starters in the All-Star Game to take place in Cleveland at Progressive Field July 9. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CDT.
Who were named as starters?
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season’s Midsummer Classic. This will Bregman’s 2nd trip to the festivities, following his MVP performance in Miami last season as well as Springer’s third and Brantley’s fourth in their respective careers.
It’s the first time that Bregman and Brantley have been elected as a starter and this is Springer’s second go-around.
The Houston Astros have more starters than any other team in the majors, which certainly attests to the plethora of talent that exists on this roster.
I’m still in awe of how Jeff Luhnow was able to ink Brantley this offseason. I was extremely excited about the news of it this past winter and couldn’t wait to see the results. As you can see, he has been a godsend for left field and he has stabilized what seemed to be a revolving door over the past few seasons.
His two-year, $32 million deal is definitely on target for the value of services to which they’ve been absolutely incredible.
Now for that historical moment that I’ve been teasing you about…
Here’s a terrific anomaly:
With Brantley and Springer being elected as starters, it’s the first time in Houston Astros‘ franchise history that two outfielders have represented the team as starters in the ASG. What a feat and I’m sure there will be more in store, especially if this core continues to stay intact over the next few seasons.
I can’t wait to see our guys shine in a couple of weeks as I know they’re going to somehow put their imprint to a game that will be watched by many.
Let’s go Houston Astros!
Bregman has been batting .270/.393/.536 for a .929 OPS along with 22 homers and 52 RBIs in 293 at-bats through 81 games.
Springer has been slashing .310/.391/.635 for a 1.026 OPS along with 18 homers and 44 RBIs in 200 at-bats through 52 games.
Brantley has been popping .314/.371/.494 for a .865 OPS along with 11 homers and 43 RBIs in 312 at-bats through 79 games.